It is for this reason that I have recently purchased a 10 horse power walking tractor to use on the farm, as opposed to a traditional sit on tractor. Having driven a large tractor and taken heavy implements on and off for the last 3 years I have realised that there must be an easier way to farm. I am very excited to use this smaller machine which will allow me to change implements without banging and lifting and easily see over it where I am going. This machine originated in Italy where many farmers have small market gardens and need a more manoeuvrable and versatile tractor. So far I have a tiller attachment and a rotary plough, with a flail mower and a power harrow or spader coming soon. I think they will change my farming life.
So, as I scale up my equipment and break new ground, it helps to remember that small farmers have advantages too. Weeding and harvesting are easier as we are closer to the ground. Bent backs don’t get as sore. We can squeeze into tight spaces and never hit our heads on overhanging pecan trees. It takes all sorts to farm – women, men, tall, short, broad and slim. It’s the heart that matters most. As long as that’s in the right place amazing things happen!
Yours in veg,