Who We Are

Hello and thank you for visiting Off Farm Income’s website! My name is Matt Brechwald, and I am the person who came up with the idea for the Off Farm Income Podcast as well as being an agricultural entrepreneurship coach with a specific emphasis on small agricultural service businesses. My wife Autumm and I own a small, agricultural service business and operate a 25 acre farm in Kuna, Idaho. With the help of Autumm, and our daughter, Hattie
Hattie in her prized Stetson!

Hattie in her prized Stetson!

Hattie in the "zone" while showing her goat at the fair in 2014.

Hattie in the “zone” while showing her goat at the fair in 2014.

, we grow alfalfa hay, run a small cow/calf operation and dabble in other livestock for meat production. Autumm and I have been married for 17 years, and Hattie is 9 years old. Autumm works as a school teacher, and I also teach college courses part-time during the winter, which coincides with the slow season for the business and farm.

MY STORY

Autumm, Hattie and I in a corn maze at the Farmstead in Kuna, Idaho.

Autumm, Hattie and I in a corn maze at the Farmstead in Kuna, Idaho.

For 15 years I was on a path to be a career police officer until I accepted that my passion for that career had passed and I was only staying with the position for external benefits such as medical and retirement.In 2011 Autumm and I bought our first farm, fulfilling a lifelong dream and goal. In 2012 we started our business, Idaho Gopher Control. In 2013 I finally left the police department and broke out of the “golden handcuffs (pun intended)” for a new adventure in farming and entrepreneurialism.This journey and transition has been life altering and unbelievably powerful. The impact on my life, health and happiness has been profound, and I want to share this with you. I was so overjoyed the first time I made a dollar based on one of my own ideas, so awed when I learned that all the talk I heard about the lifestyles possible for entrepreneurs was true that I wanted all of my friends to do the same thing!The only problem with that plan was that selling what I did to others was not easy. Not everyone, namely almost 100% of my friends and family are not willing to take the leap, even if they are miserable in their full time careers. The myth of job security is so strong that some will never break out of it. I took the metaphorical “blue pill” and I am so glad I did.Now I use this website and the Off Farm Income Podcast to help me search for those like minded individuals who want to make the same transition. I want to share what I know, what I have learned and what I continue to learn with you! I want you to achieve great success and happiness. I want to show you that it is possible! I want to help you find that business that will be a vessel to your new life.Thank you for coming this far and finding me! Now let’s meet. Please join me every week on the Off Farm Income Podcast. Email me your questions or call. I want to hear from you, and I want to give you valuable information that is going to help you transition your life in the way I did mine.

 

A long bike ride the day after the Giant's clinched the National League Title in 2014, and a day before my cousin's wedding which took place just over that bridge a few miles....what is the name of that bridge again?

A long bike ride the day after the Giant’s clinched the National League Title in 2014, and a day before my cousin’s wedding which took place just over that bridge a few miles….what is the name of that bridge again?

Our growing cow herd eating brewers grains from our friend's brewery in Boise.

Our growing cow herd eating brewers grains from our friend’s brewery in Boise.

A little entertainment on the farm.

A little entertainment on the farm.

Hattie and her friend, Livvy, in Hattie's goat pen at the Canyon County Fair, 2014.

Hattie and her friend, Livvy, in Hattie’s goat pen at the Canyon County Fair, 2014.

Family pose in front of the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

Family pose in front of the beautiful Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho.

My step-father's herd of Holstein springers in Hickman, California.

My step-father’s herd of Holstein springers in Hickman, California.

4th generation to catch a fish in my grandfather's fishing boat.

4th generation to catch a fish in my grandfather’s fishing boat.

4th of July camping trip at Stanley Lake, Idaho.

4th of July camping trip at Stanley Lake, Idaho.