People of Northwest Public Radio
Wed October 26, 2011
Family Farm Life: Randy and Tracy Mullen
Many think the family farm is disappearing, but the USDA says more than 97% of U.S. farms are family operated. One such farm belongs to Randy Mullen in Pasco, Washington. Randy has been an independent farmer since 1984, but his farming roots go back much further. His father, a World War II veteran, won his Washington land in a drawing: a government land giveaway to veterans. Times weren’t always easy, but the family survived. Mullen is the only one of his siblings to remain in agriculture. He talks to his wife, Tracy Mullen, about the hardships and rewards of his family’s farming life.