For Brent Brockmueller, MEDA links two key areas of his life: Farming and faith.
Brent and his wife, Angie, raise corn, beans, and alfalfa on a farm in Freeman, South Dakota. They also run a cattle operation, which is a part of their work they find particularly energizing.
When it comes to animals, Angie and Brent celebrate diversification. In addition to raising Shorthorn cattle, the Gen X couple has started raising their own herd of Scottish Highland cattle. They’ve talked, too, about someday adding pigs or goats to the fold. They dream of creating a farm that resembles farms of years gone by, with a little of everything
“We want our farm to be a place where people want to come because of the animals—and maybe even a place to learn about animals,” Brent said.
Brent and Angie’s growing farm is part of a larger farming legacy, both in the Freeman area, which is nestled in the heart of the Great Plains, and for the Brockmueller family.
“We live on the farm my grandparents built 87 years ago. My second cousin lives next to us on the farm our (his and my) great grandparents moved to 105 years ago. We’re excited to continue the tradition of Brockmuellers raising Shorthorn cattle in the Freeman area. We all cherish that legacy,” Brent explained.
This legacy is paired with a faith legacy that he and Angie also deeply value. In fact, it is this powerful combination of faith and farming that connects Angie and Brent to MEDA’s global work.
“Our faith guides our giving, and farming is relatable for us…hearing the stories of how those in need are able to receive funding…it’s a way to help while still allowing people their dignity…It’s amazing to see what some have been able to start with just a little bit of money,” Brent reflected.
Farming is often a 24/7 job, and enrolling as a monthly MEDA donor, explains Brent, is one way to ensure he and Angie don’t forget to support MEDA regularly.
“As a couple, we don’t have certain amounts that we feel we have to give to any organization, but the monthly giving helps us be aware of what we want to give,” Brent said.
And they want to give to other farmers.
“No matter where you are in the world, farming has similar challenges. Farmers can always benefit from having someone in their corner. Hopefully these gifts can help someone get into or continue farming…[and] they can pass it on to their families, too,” Brent said.
Thanks to generous MEDA donors, for the rest of September, any new Next Gen monthly donors will have their monthly donations matched for their first year to enable entrepreneurs globally to receive business training, access to finance, and provide decent livelihoods for themselves and their families.
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