By Toban DyckScott Barbour/Getty Images (Left)In April, I will walk to my backyard, past the now vacant house my ancestors built in the early 1900s, past the row of bins that sit empty, and past the mobile home my wife and I moved to the farmyard in 2012. On the northwest side of a canvas structure, which 19 years ago housed hogs, sits our seeder, a 30-foot hoe drill.
I will remove the tarp that has been protecting it since last May. I will grease it and otherwise get it ready for the field.
It’s an old piece of machinery. It works. It works well. But it won’t work forever. Our small farm will need to replace this implement at some point.
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