Nevins Family Carries on the Farming Legacy
Chuck and Heather Nevins have been farming and ranching their entire lives and through it they are instilling a way of life, appreciation, and work ethic in their sons Kolton and CJ Nevins. The main homestead that Chuck grew up on has been in his family since 1910 and the land that they currently live on was an addition bought in 1996. Each person contributes including the boys who help with branding, fencing, operating some of the farm equipment, and harvesting wheat, barley, and oats.
"Growing up out here has taught our boys to be self-sufficient and they have a lot of freedom. They are very considerate and always ask if we need their help before they do anything else; they love the animals and know a lot about the herd," said Chuck and Heather of their sons.
Teaching their boys to lend a helping hand and be involved isn't something that only applies to their life at home, but extends into everything they do. Leading by example, Chuck is dedicated to all the hard work that goes into caring for their cattle and planting, tending to, and harvesting the crops. Heather, who works at the Health Department and graduated from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT with a Bachelors of Art Degree in K-8 education, is involved with organizing the Bra Auction for the Cancer Coalition. Her mother, who is a breast cancer survivor, rallies the grandkids and together they make a bra to donate to the auction. Heather is also on the Brorson School Board where her youngest son, CJ still attends.
"There are so many opportunities in the community," said Heather, discussing the organization and scheduling that it takes to make everything run smoothly. "Staying busy is normal for us."
As a family they have participated in the Relay for Life and the Ribbon Walk which takes place in June and raises funds for local cancer treatment. The family attends the Shepherd of the Valley Church in Sidney, MT and Kolton and CJ are both involved with the church's Youth Group. They recently got back from a Youth skiing trip in Bottineau, ND.
Kolton, a junior at Sidney High School, has been on the Junior Varsity and Varsity Football Teams as well as the manager of the girls Varsity Basketball Team his freshman and sophomore years. Sixth grader CJ Nevins plays soccer, was on the sixth grade traveling basketball team, and played on the fifth and sixth grade football team who took first at state last year.
The two of them are active in the Brorson Farm Hands 4-H Club and Heather volunteers as the Organizational Leader for the club. Both boys have taken an interest in leather craft, woodworking, shooting sports, and raising and showing steers. Kolton is a Junior Leader and has taken an interest in welding and become proficient in leather craft. CJ is interested in veterinary science and is on the livestock judging team and in 2014 was awarded a County Trophy for sheep judging.
"We want the boys to be a part of the community and not just simply live in it; we want them to know how great our community is and that there is a lot to gain from being involved," added Heather.
The Nevins family is one who makes everything they do count, who seize the opportunity to be involved and lend a helping hand whether on their farm and ranch, at their schools or church, or in the community they call home.