Washington County family wins two Oregon Farm Bureau awards
A Washington County family farm brought home a pair of individual awards at the Oregon Farm Bureau Convention earlier this month.
Jacque Duyck Jones won the 2021 County Farm Bureau Woman Award, while her father Larry Duyck won the Oregon Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award.
"I'm the fourth generation on our family farm in Roy. I've worked every summer of my life, except one teaching summer camp in South Korea. Even when I was teaching full-time, I would still work for the summer," Duyck Jones said. "To be honest, I didn't even know I had been nominated for this award. It was an awesome surprise."
Duyck Jones taught kindergarten, first and second grade for 10 years before returning to farm full-time.
The Duyck family farm in Roy now grows primarily kotata blackberries and grass seed, as well as blueberries, clover and wheat. Over 90% of frozen blackberries in stores across the country are grown in Oregon.
During the pandemic, Duyck Jones mailed a children's book called "How Did That Get In My Lunchbox?" by Chris Butterworth and illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti to every elementary school library in Washington County. The story describes how carrots and other vegetables and fruits grow and come to market.
"When school shut down, I'll always be a teacher, so I wanted to come up with something that might get kids thinking about farming and agriculture," Duyck Jones said. "When you buy blackberries from the freezer at a store anywhere in the country, they're most likely Oregon blackberries. Oregon special because of our cool, wet winters and dry summers. The Willamette Valley is a perfect climate for specialty crops like blackberries."
Last year, the Oregon Farm Bureau raised $30,500 in college scholarships to help 21 students study agriculture in college. Larry Duyck previously served as president of the bureau and as a commissioner on the Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission.
"For 30 years as an active Farm Bureau member, Larry Duyck has served our grassroots organization and Oregon agriculture as a whole in countless ways. We can think of few more deserving of this recognition than Larry," Oregon Farm Bureau President Angi Bailey said in a news release.
The Washington County Farm Bureau also was awarded the 2021 County Farm Bureau Action Award at the Oregon Farm Bureau Convention. Its secretary, Kathy Bartholemy, also received the Outstanding County Farm Bureau Secretary Award.
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