Matt and Amanda Gajdzik
The Gajdziks have been involved in farming most of their lives. Matt, although not born on a farm, had the benefit of spending time on a dairy operation at a young age. His love for agriculture grew from there, encouraging him to become a first-generation farmer. Amanda’s family were farmers and she grew up on a diverse grain, cattle and tobacco operation. Both received college degrees in agriculture and began their first farming endeavor together in 2002 with 10 cows. The two worked public jobs while growing the farm and today their operation consist of 2,000 acres they jointly farm with Amanda’s sister and brother-in-law. Their farming operation includes corn, soybeans, burley tobacco, apples, peaches and hemp.
They also raise cattle, and grow pumpkins, and hay. The couple adds to their business with a lawn mowing and catering service. Their plunge into the produce industry came in 2010 recognizing the need in their community for a local orchard. They now have an on-farm market to sell their produce along with other locally produced goods such as eggs, honey, meats vegetables and crafts. Through strategic planning and a bit of learning from their mistakes, the couple has grown their operation having doubled the foot traffic in their market every year since it began.
The couple are members of the Shelby County Farm Bureau. They have two children and plan on expanding their operation all in an effort to build a farm of which their children can be proud.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Minute - OYFF Contestant the Gajdzik Family