I went one year to college and as
soon as I walked in the dorm, I knew that wasn’t for me. I knew then that I wanted to farm. I liked working in God’s creation. I like the interaction with the neighbors. There’s a certain camaraderie between those in the same occupation. Lotta people try and make farming a business, but it’s a way of life. If you like it, there’s nothing that can replace it. And when you can have two neighbors, side by side, with that same feeling, that same outlook, it’s priceless. The best friendships, and the strongest ones, seem to be those that start out slow. First I remember with the Oldick’s was fixing fence together. “You have staples with ‘ya?” “I don’t know if I got ’em with me. I didn’t expect that.” I remember them when I was in kindergarten. They also rode the bus. So, we’ve been neighbors for a long time. We’ve been neighbors for 43 years. If you need something, they’re here, and we do the same with them. We’ve always felt that two farms side by side are worth more than either one apart. When they were interested in going organic, they didn’t have the cultivating equipment, so they came down and borrowed ours. Since we’ve gone organic, the health of the land and the health of the cows has improved so much. We’ve just kind of grew together and I think that’s one of the best things there is. We work with them, they work with us, but then, at the end of the day we go milk our own cows, Since when I was a kid until now. It’s always been that way. “Come on , girls, come on, come on. come on” Well, interacting with Oldick’s over the years, it’s definitely made farming fun again. You’re on friendly terms, then you get to know each other. Then you get to care about each other. You kind of cross over into being family. I’m Les Miller. I’m Don Oldick, and we are your Organic Valley farmers.