Five Generations of Farming

Nate Lenz knew right away what he would do when he was assigned the task of producing a video to tell his agricultural story.

“I think about family history, knowing your story and getting it right. I think about it all the time,” said Lenz, a senior in agricultural education and studies. 

The assignment was part of Virginia Hanson’s agricultural communications class. Hanson, a lecturer in the agricultural education and studies department, asks students to gather photos, shoot video, write scripts and narrate their agricultural story.

Lenz, a first-generation college student from Kellogg, plans to return to what he loves most – farming with his father. His film, Lenz Farms: Five Generations in the Making, features his family’s history beginning with an ancestor who emigrated from Poland in 1865. 
Lenz knows the satisfaction of getting it right. He showed his film to his grandfather, who was in the hospital at the time.

“I saw my family crying tears of joy. That’s when I knew how important this was, so much more important than the grade I would get for this class,” Lenz said.