Noble Farms sits just outside of Connell to the west and is owned by Carl & Marti Noble. They have been in operation since 1974 (44 years), farming and ranching. As well as being the home base of a successful agricultural business, it is the place they have called home and raised their two daughters.
Farming is unlike a typical business office job. The American farmer works 24/7 to feed the world. When Carl & Marti were farming full time, the potato harvest payroll was up to 65 people. Even though they have stepped back from farming full time, they continue to have 2 full time employees. Noble farms grew and expanded over the course of 44 years but it all started in 1972 when Carl began custom farming in the area. The corn and hay silage that was harvested was hauled to the Andy Biorn and Herb Camp Feedlots. At the time, Carl’s machinery fleet consisted of 2 International tractors, 2 John Deere choppers and 2 Ford trucks. Marti confirmed, “those ‘antique’ trucks are still in the shed today”.
Carl graduated from University of Washington with plans to enter Law School. Those plans were interrupted by a 3 year term of service in the Army. While in Vietnam, Carl decided that he would begin farming when he returned to the states. In 1974, Carl and Marti married and purchased their present home site. Over the years, as they have made their home in Connell and in this community, they have shared their time and talents. Carl was instrumental and enjoyed helping to build the Field of Dreams and the athletic complexes that followed at Connell High School. Marti enjoyed helping in the North Franklin Schools, organizing the Ag Week Program at Connell Elementary for several years. Both Carl and Marti were members of the original Eagles Nest Board.
Marti also served on the Chamber of Commerce Board for many years and continues to remain involved. She remembers decorating tables for the annual chamber banquet when it was held at the CHS Student Center – who else might remember those years? Noble Farms has been Chamber of Commerce members for many, many years and have continued to show their support of the schools, of church, and of community projects and events. Marti stated, “We are both thankful and blessed to have built relationships, to live and raise our family, and to work that allows us to give back to this community.”