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Karly Just Unedited Oral History

– Hi, my name is Karly Just, and I live in
Berlin, North Dakota. – [Interviewer] Okay, and where
do you go to school, Karly? – I go to school in
LaMoure Public School. – [Interviewer] Okay,
and why don’t you tell me a little about your family? How big is your family? – My family consists
of five people. My dad, Christoph, my
mom, Kelly, and then, me. And Katrina, which
is my middle sister, and Cole is the youngest. – [Interviewer] Okay,
and in addition to them if you could just tell me that you’re the oldest
of three children. – I am the oldest of
the three children. – [Interviewer] Okay, why
don’t you tell me about some of the activities you’re
involved with in high school? – I’m a sophomore
in high school, and I run cross
country and track, I’m also involved in F.C.C.L.A and then also 4H, but that’s
not a school activity. – [Interviewer] What
type of activities do you do related to
those two programs? – In F.C.C.L.A I do a
lot of public speaking, and then we do a lotta
community service projects, and we also get to go and do a bunch of fun trips
together like go to Bismark, and I also recently just
went to National F.C.C.L.A, which was in Georgia so
that was pretty cool. And then for 4H, that’s also
a lot of public speaking, and we get to do a lot
of community service, and that also involves
a lot of agriculture. My mom was in 4H, my grandma
was in 4H, now I’m in 4H, it’s kind of a family
thing, absolutely love it. It’s shaped me as
that person I am today because of all the leadership
skills I’ve learned. – [Interviewer] Do
you think 4H nowadays appeals to young ladies
because of some of the leadership, like
training you get? – Yes, definitely. 4H is huge, I also went
to National 4H Congress, and there was a lotta women
and men, it was about equal. There was a lotta ladies in 4H, and nowadays it is not
just all agriculture, you can do sewing, cooking, you can do just
about anything in 4H. – [Interviewer] Why
don’t you tell me about your activities
here on the farm. First, tell me what
type of farm it is, what type of crops and
animals are on the farm, and then what some of your
chores are on the farm. – Well, on our farm we
grow crops and cattle, for crops we do a
little bit of everything from corn to peas to soy
beans and some cover crop, for cattle we have
F1 Black Baldies, which is a Hereford and Angus, and then we breed our F1 Black
Baldies to a Limousin Bull. And we have about
250 head, roughly, and I am very involved
with the cattle, too, that’s kind of my dad’s project, my mom and my
siblings not so much. – [Interviewer]
What type of things or type of chores that
you do on the farm? Specific chores
that you might do. – For chores, I take
care of all the chickens, so collecting eggs,
watering, feeding them, and then I have some horses
and they’re out at pasture so just making sure
they have water, and I also do a lot
of riding on them, I learned how to
ride at age four. And then I also feed barn
cats, we have a few of those, I also have ducks, which
kinda go with the chickens, and then I have a goat,
and I breed her each year, and then I sell her kids
to one of my friends who buys the kids. – [Interviewer] Sounds
like a lot of activities, how do you balance your school
work and your farm work? How do you do that? – Oh, it’s definitely hard. As soon as I get home
I go out and do chores, and then come back
in, do my homework, and basically go to bed. It’s definitely hard balancing
it, being in all activities. – [Interviewer] When you think
about women in agriculture, what are some of the
obstacles that you think exist for women in agriculture today? – Some of the obstacles that
exist for women in agriculture is definitely the past history, they have not been
accepted in agriculture. And nowadays, women can do
anything, especially farm, which I find is
really intriguing because I love animals
so I’d definitely like to be able to at
least have a hobby farm when I’m older to
raise my chickens. – [Interviewer] And how ’bout
passing the farm on down, traditionally the farm would go to someone else in the
family, wouldn’t it? – Yeah, traditionally,
everybody thinks that it’s going to go to the
male in the family, which is my younger brother, but he doesn’t really
spike an interest too much in agriculture so
I think it’s really cool that I might someday
become the first female to take over the farm out
of our three generations. – [Interviewer] Do you
think about your friends in high school, this
rural community, but are most of them
interested in agriculture or getting away
from agriculture? – Definitely getting
away from agriculture, in school it’s definitely
all the males in my class who would like to
become farmers, or do something in agriculture. The women, more so, are
looking to move away, and get jobs in cities and
just try something new. – [Interviewer] Do
you think your peers, both women and male, do
they look at you kinda funny ’cause you want to
stay in agriculture? – Yeah a little bit,
there’s definitely some males in my
class that think that farming isn’t meant for a woman, so I have faced a lot of that. Because they claim that
women aren’t strong enough, and women don’t know
enough about agriculture, so I’ve definitely
faced a lot of that. – [Interviewer] Do you
have any role models, women role models? – Um. – I really do look up to women
who homesteaded before me because as women back then you
could own your own farmstead. Laura Ingalls Wilder, she is
one of my favorite authors, and I have read all her
books at least three times, I really look up to her
because she didn’t let herself be stopped as a woman,
through her writing career. She wrote about her past, and
she also grew up on a farm and had many chores despite
what the culture was. – [Interviewer] Are there any
women in the immediate area that are involved
with agriculture? – Oh definitely. One of our neighbors, who
lives roughly a mile away, her dad is a farmer and she
is taking over the farm, which I think is
really cool because she is about the same
height as me, same size, definitely a small lady, and she is one of the
hardest workers I know. She’s taking over the
farm from her dad. – [Interviewer]
Okay, is agriculture, for either sex, is
agriculture hard work? – Yes, agriculture is
definitely hard work, because you have to
know about prices and you have to know
all about animals, and I’m very lucky to
have my dad as a farmer because he is awesome,
he knows everything there is to know about
farming, it seems like. So he’s a big help with getting
me started with my chickens, and still today,
when I have questions he’s always there to
help me answer them. – [Interviewer] So for a novice, what do you do
with your chickens? Why do you raise chickens? How do you do ’em? What
do you do with ’em? – Well, my chickens are
used as laying hens, I have roughly around 25
chickens, and we have two coops, and they just kinda
do their own thing, come in throughout the
day, lay their eggs, they are free range, so
they get the whole farm to wander around,
and we get about, I wanna say around
two dozen eggs a day. We have all different
breeds of chickens, so it’s pretty cool to see
the different color of eggs, we have brown eggs,
white eggs, teal eggs. – [Interviewer] What do
you do with all the eggs? – At school I sell the
eggs to the teachers, they buy a lot of them, and
then just community members, family, everybody, just buys
eggs from me, it seems like. – [Interviewer] So what
do you do with that money? What are you doing with it? – Well, currently I’m saving
the money to go towards, I guess my chickens and college. – [Interviewer] So you do
want to go on to college? – I definitely wanna
go on to college. I would like to do something
in the medical field, whether that be a flight
paramedic or a doctor, I’ve not decided yet, but I
am on the local ambulance, which really sparked my
interest in the medical field, I am currently an EMR,
and my mom, she’s an EMT so she is helping
me out with that. – [Interviewer] Once
again, that’s another thing you have to build into
your schedule, isn’t it? – Yeah, on weekends I take
call for the ambulance, so I work on the weekends, and then another one of my jobs is I work at the local library after school and during
the summer I work there. – [Interviewer] Do you
ever get a chance to sleep? (laughs) – It’s hard, but
yeah, I definitely do get the chance to
relax a little bit, just not a lot. – [Interviewer] So if you
think about agriculture in the future, if a
young lady came up to you and said that she was
thinking about being a farmer, what would you tell her? – If a woman came
up to me saying that they were
interested in agriculture I would definitely tell them
that anything is possible, because in this world
today women can do anything and they can do it
just as well as a man. – [Interviewer] So once again,
when you think about it, and this is for farmers in
general, what do you think some of the big
obstacles out there are, just in agriculture? What are some of the problems, that if you think about
agriculture going forward, you think there are in
agriculture in general? – Definitely one of the
problems is the grain prices. It’s really hard
to become a farmer because you don’t
have a set salary. That’s why it scares a lotta
people away from agriculture because if there’s
one bad storm, it could wipe out your whole
farm and you could be broke. – [Interviewer] Do
you get to operate any big equipment
here on the farm? – Not so much, I mean that’s
not really my interest, that’s more my siblings,
they love driving tractors. I just like to drive the
pickups and four wheelers, that’s what I mainly do,
and then riding horse, I would much rather ride
horse over driving a tractor. – [Interviewer] So does
your younger sister, does she do some of the
work on the machines? – Yeah, she likes to
help my dad rock roll, and likes to help my dad bale
and everything like that. – [Interviewer] So everyone has their little roll, don’t they? – Most definitely. – [Interviewer] So
is there anything that you thought we were
gonna talk to you about, that we haven’t
talked to you about? – No, that’s about it.

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