Increasingly, women are assuming leadership of Oregon family farms.
It is a quiet transformation, documented only by anecdote and with unknown implications. But there it is: Daughters are taking over the family farm, once the province of sons.
Oregon farm families are finding ways to handle the changes.
In St. Paul, a tiny Willamette Valley town, Paul Kirsch and his daughter, Brenda Kirsch Frketich, struck an unusual bargain after she graduated from Loyola Marymount University and returned home. They agreed on a two-year internship in which she would do everything he did. When the time was up, if it didn’t work for either one, they could walk away with no hard feelings.
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