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life in farming seemed to be
preordained for Mike Telford.
" I grew up in Utah in Bountiful.
My father was what they called a truck
farmer, and they grew all the vegetable
crops you can imagine, " Telford said of
his childhood.
And though his father's truck farm
was across town he grew up working
on a neighbor's vegetable farm every
summer from the age of seven until he
was a teenager.
" I grew up working for the neighbor,
a Japanese man that made his whole life
off of eight acres, " he said. " Anything
you could bunch, I grew up bunching.
Radishes, onions, parsley, asparagus
beet greens, green onions. "
Surrounded by farms growing up, for
Telford it was only a question of which
direction he might choose. Would it be
farming, ranching or both?
" I had an uncle who was a rancher -
a cowboy - and that's what I always
wanted to do, so I bought my first
cows in the ninth grade with my own
money, " he recalled. He would continue
raising cattle through high school and
Mike Telford, with a grandson behind him, move cattle to a new grazing site at their Lost River
Seed farm near Arco, Idaho.
college and he continues to raise cattle
to this day.
On a clear October morning with
nothing but clear blue Idaho skies Mike
Telford pulled his truck to a stop on a
bench overlooking a seemingly endless
field of sugar beet greens.
" This is the home place, this is
where we raised our family, " he said
looking across the field of sugar beets
in the high desert of south-central
Idaho. The homestead is located on a
bluff east of Dietrich in an area called
Hidden Valley.
For Telford and Shannon, his wife
of 48 years, the farming operation has
become very much of a family affair.
Raising eight sons and two daughters
they have seen five of their sons continue
to farm and raise cattle in the area.
Telford said that being able to raise
their family on the homestead and
working with his sons is the best part of
farming. They also have 45 grandchildren.
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