In The Blood, “This Is Farming”

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“I’m very aggressive when it comes to getting [seed] in. My field men know that if it’s at all possible, Andrew’s gonna get it done. He’s gonna be the guy to do it.” Andrew credits a lot of his success to his work ethnic, the people who surround him, and the chances he’s willing to take. Because he pushes the limits, the crew is used to pulling machinery out of the mud. Here’s the first of two in the day. 

AAshare-171792The farm is eerily quiet today. When the next move is planting, you need a “break in the weather.” When it rains, the farm stands still. I walked into the typically chaotic garage to one guy fabricating some parts and another eating his lunch – burning time till he gets the ok to go home. Andrew tells me to make myself at home while he finishes up some billing in his loft above the garage. I talked to Kyle and Marshall (year plus field hands) about what their jobs are like with the record rainfall stunting operations. “Last April, I worked 300 hours. I’ll barely hit 100 this April.” Kyle tells me. They’re hoping that with a delayed start comes a prolonged season. | Pictured is Andrew checking out one of his fields in Snohomish. Despite the conditions, Andrew  keeps his jokes coming and head up. “This is farming.” he says. 

AAshare-18Kyle and Trapper | This image reminds me of New Deal Photography – a book by the Farm Security Administration documenting rural America from 1935-1943 with hopes to “introduce America to Americans.” This book had not only a profound influence on my work, but my desire to hear one’s story. Check it out. 

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