In The Blood, Tractor Time

In The Blood, Tractor Time

It's time to collect the grass and make silage. Silage is simply fermented mulch for livestock to eat. It's actually quite simple to make - I wish my dog could live off that stuff. You collect the grass, store it in a big pit, put a tight tarp over it to exclude moisture, and let [...]

In The Blood, “I love mowing!”

In The Blood, “I love mowing!”

It's 11:54am when I pull up to the farm. It's quiet... odd for a sunny day. I get a text from Andrew to get the Ranger 4x4 (golf cart looking thing meant for mud and hauling) if that would provide me opportunity for better photos. I ignored the idea - trying to avoid being a [...]

In The Blood, Time To Plant

In The Blood, Time To Plant

It's 9am on the dot when I pull up to the farm. I walk behind the barns to men each prepping a tractor of their own like the battle is about to begin. (Wes filling up his tractor.)There was a point when we were sitting in the garage doing nothing. I thought to myself, "This [...]

In The Blood, Band of Brothers

In The Blood, Band of Brothers

Melissa Jean Trucking - a dump trucking business Andrew started with Ryan and Shawn. Andrew named the business after his wife. "I'm a bit scared about it because it's a new industry to me but they are really, really good guys. You just gotta surround yourself with good people." | Pictured is Tanner eating lunch [...]

In The Blood, Record Rain

In The Blood, Record Rain

A result of the wettest spring on record.   "We should have planted weeks ago." Andrew   Andrew walking one of his fields with David, a field man for a family owned fertilizing company. It was about 15 minutes of banter like brothers intermixed with talk of the soil's test results and which nutrient boosts [...]

In The Blood, Change of Plans

In The Blood, Change of Plans

Woke up at 7am and checked Arlington's weather forecast - 0% chance of rain till 3pm. Contrary to last night's prediction of 80% chance of rain all day. A day of computer work became a day on the farm. "My birthday is coming up next week." Andrew tells me. "It's so busy this time of [...]