Mon, 31 May 2021
Today's guest, Tristan Miller, is the second FFA student who is a fifth-generation farmer to appear on the show in a row. Tristan currently works and lives on his family's farm north of Sacramento, California that has been part of his legacy since just after the Civil War. During that time, the farm has seen a lot of changes. For example, they used to raise cattle in addition to crops until drought made that unprofitable. Also, their farm and farms in their area used to be dominated by rice, but now almonds are taking over.
Tristan takes all of this in stride and loves the farm work and responsibility he has on the home place. When I asked him what his day-to-day work looks like, his answer was simple and to the point - "whatever grandpa tells me to do!".
Tristan has plans to return to the farm at some point, but he has some other interests that are enticing to him right now. He is heading off to college to study agricultural business next year. He also wants to get certified to drive large equipment so that he can operate large earthmovers for Cal Fire during wildfire season. If that weren't enough, he would like to start his own business cutting and bailing hay for farmers.
Tristan is definitely motivated, and it is going to be exciting to see where he takes this journey.