Folks on the Farm: Seth Goodman

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m Seth Goodman and I live in Big Sandy. I’ve been here three years. I grew up in Utah. I’m married and I have two kids. My wife’s Canadian. I have a two-year-old boy and a six-month-old girl.

What’s your position on the farm? What are your overall responsibilities?

I’m the farm manager and I’m responsible for the day-to-day activities in the fields with the crops. Growing them. Working the ground. Seeding, or planting. The green manure plow down through the summer. And then harvesting in the fall. I’m also responsible for inventories and the shipping and selling of crops.  I also take care of all the organic certification requirements.  I was originally hired as a farm employee with the idea that in a couple years I’d take over as the farm manager. So I trained to this position.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I like knowing that even though Bob’s the “boss,” he’s given me the reigns to do what I got to do.

What goals do you hope to help Bob achieve in your work?

Bob would like to go on a mission for our church, so I want to be able to help him do that.

You said you were originally from Utah, how did you become aware of Bob Quinn?

When I was in college he gave a presentation on organic farming and I had a professor that set me up with lunch and an interview with Bob. Afterwards, Bob invited me out, so my wife, Breanna, and I came and checked it out and decided to make the move.

So did you grow up on a farm?

Yes but it was more of a hobby farm with my family. It was something that would take about a week out of your year overall to do off and on. We grew alfalfa hay and raised a few horses.

Do you think your schooling has helped you in this position?

Yeah, I think so. There’s a lot of stuff that in school you learn but once you’re actually in the job it makes sense. Everything comes together.

What do you enjoy about working for Bob?

I like that he’s not a micro-manager. He trains you well and then lets you go do it. I was nervous at first that he’d just say go do this when I didn’t know how. But he’s very good about showing you and teaching you. And then once you know, and he knows you know, he lets you do it.

What are your thoughts on organic farming? Were you familiar with it before working for Bob?

I didn’t really know much about organic farming. Most of the professors at the school that I went to were against it. Well, not necessarily against it but they were pro Monsanto and chemical. It’s easier. It has better, higher yields. All that stuff. But with correct management, you can have great organic crops.

Would you encourage your children to be organic farmers?

Yeah, I would.

Has working on an organic farm changed your perceptions about farming and food supply?

Yeah, as far as farming goes, it may require more time or labor, there’s definitely more money in organic farming. So from that angle I would go organic. As far as sustainability, it’s hard to say.