Our Town family farm grows important part of brand name snacks

By Anna Carrera

Published 07/15 2014 05:28PM

Updated 07/15 2014 06:38PM

GEORGETOWN -- Working on the family farm is a tradition for many people, but it holds special meaning for some in Our Town. One one plot, the seventh generation tills the same ground as parents, grandparents and many more used to do. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more.

It takes a lot of work to grow crops like corn, soybeans and wheat. The Smith's started learning to do that at a very early age. A little ways off Route 150, just outside Georgetown, you'll find the Smith Family Farm.

"Right here, where we are standing, has been in the family a hundred years this year," said farmer Jason Smith. "Where my mom and dad live, east of Georgetown, has been in the family since 1829."

A lot of things have changed since then, but the family work ethic has stayed the same. Smith knows that as well as anyone.

"I remember in preschool, we used to have hogs, so I would get in the pen and we would have to catch little pigs to give them shots," said Smith. "I would help then. I'm sure I wasn't getting paid, but it was fine. I loved it. I had fun."

He calls it fun, but it is also his work. The youngest of three kids, Smith is the only one of his siblings planning to keep the family business running. But, that's okay with him.

"It's just really cool to see the crops emerge; a little seedling just taking off and how fast the crops grow," said Smith.

The corn isn't ready to be harvested quite yet, but when it is, it's going to be used to make some big-name products, like Fritos.

"Once in a while, I get myself thinking, 'I wonder if this is our corn,' if I'm eating a Frito or Cheeto, or whatever," said Smith. "You never know."

A Frito fan himself, Smith says it's fun to know the fruits of his labor turn into a brand-name snack. It's a tradition he's proud to continue, hopefully for many more generations to come.

"We've all got our own blood, sweat and tears in it," said Smith. "We're all working for a common theme. It's just really neat."

About one-third of the farm's corn crops head to Frito-Lay. Jason says that will go up next year, which means many more Fritos will get their start in Georgetown.

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