This November I had the pleasure of meeting the Olson family from Milnor, ND. Alisha had responded to my model call looking for a farm family to document. I loved their story of how they farm on her husband's side of the family and they cattle ranch with her side of the family. Unfortunately I didn't get to document the ranch side when I was there, but hopefully someday I can get back to capture the ranch side!
The Olson's farm was started in 1945 by Irving Olson. It has now grown to 4000 acres that Irving's son, Jerry, took over along with two of his sons, Matt and Mike. Matt and his wife Alisha started farming in 2008 and they both have degrees from NDSU. Their 3 children are the 4th generation on the farm and they accompany their parents in the field when it's the busiest times of the year. I hope these photos show you a little behind the scenes of the family farm life!
Be sure to hover over the photos as some of them have captions :)
Figuring out the arrangements of who is going where.
This is how they keep Kaleb contained in the tractor :)
Kaleb helping mom drive the grain cart. Kaleb has the best seat in the house, right on his mom's lap.
Waiting for the truck to get filled up. Waiting in the sleeper cab for the truck to fill up.
From the field into the truck, from the truck into the bin. Sometimes things go wrong. They also always go wrong at the worst times.
Farming is a lot more high tech than it was in 1945.
I rode a round with Jerry in the combine. He told me this was "The ugliest 200 bushel corn he's ever seen."