Mark and Brett Lambert are the fourth and fifth generations, respectively, to farm their family’s land near Dayton, Wash. They grow mostly dryland wheat, chickpeas, peas, alfalfa, and some cattle. They use direct seeding and no-till practices as much as possible.
“I feel blessed with the opportunity to have such a wonderful thing passed down to me through the generations,” Brett said about the family’s farm.
Brett has farming genes from both sides of his family. His maternal grandfather, who farmed in Lincoln County, urged him to explore other options than farming before making the decision to go back to the farm. But after graduating from Whitman College, Brett decided the farm was where he wanted to be.
“When you decide to farm, it is a life commitment for you as well as your family,” Brett said. “You don’t get to just take vacations when you want. The farm dictates when and what you are doing. Having a supportive spouse that understands the level of commitment necessary to farm is key.”
Fortunately, Brett has just that. His wife, Taylor, is a nurse, and they have three children: Kayson (5), Blake (4), and Rylan (2). Like most children, they love to ride in the combine. Brett said that while he’d like to see his children involved in the farm, he wants them to do what makes them happy.
“I love my job. I’m passionate about what I’m doing every day,” he said.