Brian & Christine Collett
I as born in Nebraska. We moved to Idaho when I was 2 weeks old, to Idaho Falls. I really don’t remember much from that time period other than my Mother died there, the day after I turned 5. As tragic as that sounds, it made me a part of a family like no other. The first “Brady Bunch” so to speak. My Dad remarried and moved the family to Boise, Idaho. There I grew up until I was in the fourth grade. Mom & Dad decided to move us to Grand View, Idaho and buy and operate a resort/bar/restaurant. Grew up 30 yard from a lake, fishing, swimming, skiing, boating, whatever you did on the water. Never did I dream I would live in the high desert and be a rancher. I was going to marry a doctor and live in the city, at least that was what I thought as a kid.
I married my husband of 35 years and moved here to the ranch. It was not an easy transition for me, it took a few years, but for some reason it just got in my blood.
Now I wouldn’t change who I am and who I’ve become for anything. This ranch and it’s way of life are everything to me. I just can’t imagine doing anything else. Sure I say that as I “sit” here typing, but when I stand up and the soreness hits me, I’ll wonder if this is worth it, all I can say is YES IT IS. I don’t really know why, I just know that knowing we are feeding the world and feeding them a product of which we grew with our own hands. is extremely satisfying. And giving them a product in which we feed our own family with trust means something to us. I am still the “newbie” here, I have only been here 35 years, the ranch has been in my husbands family 120 years.
He is the 5th generation to own and operate this piece of land and the families that rely on it. It is extremely hard work and at time very frustrating. But in the end satisfying.
We joined CNB, mainly because the cattle prices were extremely low at the time, but now that is not the case. We could make just as much, if not more money, on the open market. We stay members of CNB because they enjoy the way of life and the satisfaction of the hard work as we do. It means something to them to raise and provide a safe and tasty product to the consumers. They really think a lot like we do.