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Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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Moving to Southern Utah County has given me abrnewfound appreciation for where my food comes from. I have never beenbrsurrounded by more gardens and farms in my entire life, and it has evenbrinspired me to have my own veggie-filled garden — which I love! I will often gobrfor long runs out on the old country roads in Payson, Salem and out towardbrBenjamin, hoping that the crop-filled landscape never changes.

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I have been served by the example of farmersbrand gardeners in our area, and so have the following two women.

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Gerry,brJensen — Jensen Family Farm in Benjamin

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“Our farm in Benjamin has been in thebrfamily for over 100 years. My husband’s grandfather started it, and we raisebrcattle, hay, and grain. It has been passed down through the generations. Itbralmost skipped a generation when we had to move for my husband’s job with thebrgovernment.  About 30 years ago, one ofbrour sons won a calf in a rope-em contest, and that started us raising cowsbragain, and now some of my sons mostly run it and love doing it. My husband isbrstill out at the farm quite a bit, hauling hay.

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“Farmingbrisn’t like it used to be, and it’s really difficult to make a living at it. Mybrhusband says that we barely break even every year. Even with the challenges of having abrfarm, it has taught my children how to work, and it has kept our family together. We just all love going out to thebrfarm.” 

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I have been served by our family farm becausebrit has kept our family together.” 

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AngiebrHepworth — McMullin Orchards 

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“My dad, David McMullin, is one of the ownersbrof the orchards that have been in our family for 92 years. My dad is a greatbrfarmer, but more than that, I have seen him my whole life serve those aroundbrhim. I wasn’t aware until I was older, but he was always helping families inbrneed, and he donates his time anywhere he can in helping people who want tobrlearn anything from pruning to mechanic work. brHe serves his family any chance he gets and is always there to help hisbrsiblings and children out with anything he can when they call him to fixbrthings. He takes care of the employees on the farm and provides them withbrthings they might need.  He cares forbrthem like they are his family.  He isbralways supporting local FFA chapters and donating money to help kids. 

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I have been served by watching all the good mybrdad does in the community on and off the farm.” 

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‘I wasbrServed’ is a column dedicated to sharing moments of service. If you have been abrrecipient of service, and would like to share, send an email to, ariannebrown1@gmail.com. (Brown is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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