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Excavation Begins

All the kids and animals seem to standing the heat. It has been several days since a drop of rain. This is the first year I can remember being able to get a substantial amount of the hay done so early. The hay has cost me though. I dropped the wheel of the old IH square baler into a hole causing the needles to come up into the bale chamber and bend one. I had high hopes of getting a bunch of square bales, but just my luck. Seems if the weather cooperates the equipment doesn’t. I’m hoping to find a needle used and save the old baler. Wouldn’t make a lot of sense to put much money in the old baler given it’s value. Gonna have to buy some blades for the disc mower too. I’ve got one broken and a couple more bent. I guess it could be a lot worse, but it sure gets me down having to work on this stuff. We got a lot accomplished around the farm in addition to the hay. I replaced the hinges that were broken on the doors to the barn. It’s so much easier with the pallet forks and the 6000. I used to have to block and jack the doors up, but with the 6000 4wd I can just get the forks under the door and lift it into place. Then I just put the bolts back in the new hinges.

I’m not crazy about this heat, but at least the garden is starting to produce. We’ve gotten several pickings of brocolli, onions, and lettuce. I’m sure there are some small potatoes there, but we haven’t gotten any yet. We finally got the corn and beans out this week too. It won’t be long until we’ll be able to have a “find me” dinner. We started calling a dinner completely from the garden a “find me” about 3 years ago after I got hurt at Kingsford. Some people working about 15 ft above me dropped a pry bar on my back. We literally lived out of the garden for about a month. That’s when I figured out just how badly folks who work for Clorox/Kingsford need a union. I was out of work for over a month and the company treated me really badly. In fact the HR Manager tried to tell me it wasn’t workers compensation. No one from the company called to check on me, but the union called at least weekly and stood up to the company to get things right. On a sad note I noticed a press release from Clorox last week saying they will be closing 2 plants. Both the Jackson Mississippi plant and the Cleveland Ohio plants will close. As usual with Clorox, both these plants are union as was the Glad plant they closed last year. Seems they have a track record of closing the union plants and moving the production to non union locations.

We finally got started on clearing some land this week. It will take several weeks to get it all done. The farm should be much more productive with the extra land though. I’d like to lease some more land next year too. The kids love to go watch the trackhoe and dozer. The size of the stumps is amazing. Just check out the pics. My dad wants to save a couple and try to make some bowls out of them.

We picked up the kids a Bonzai Falls to keep them occupied this summer. They haven’t slowed down since we aired it up. We have a wiffle ball game scheduled for when the sun goes down a little so I better go for now.

Be sure to check out the pics I’ve added to the site and thanks for reading!

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8 Responses to “Excavation Begins”

  1. Mim Stella Says:

    Very interesting blog – thanks for posting. Good luck with the summer weather,

  2. joelw Says:

    Mim Stella,
    Thanks for reading and please check back.

  3. Kevin B. Says:

    Joel, Family & Friends,
    Hind sight is usually 20/20, but if the same thing happens to anyone else at the plant just tell them to utter the phrase, OSHA! It is almost amazing how quickly those HR Directors get to moving on getting you a settlement. Most of them do not want the state or feds on the premises looking for safety problems.
    Looks like the excavation crew has a lot of work ahead of them, but it will all come together. I hope Cobb can hold thier water until you are ready for your first batch of chickens!
    My Dad was disabled early in life, so we relied a lot on what we raised in the garden and in the way of animals on the farm for our food. Most folks who do not raise a garden do not understand how much better so much of it tastes, and the amount of work it takes to put one in.
    Keep up the good fight, and good luck!

  4. Melissa Says:

    Man, that looks like fun!! Southern Ohio got quite alot of rain yesterday, (June 8th) Did it make it down your way?

  5. Albert Says:

    Getting unsettling with my own life and came across yours. My dream’s to be a farmer too. I’m from Singapore- that’s in Southeast Asia. Land’s very scarce and expensive. I wonder if my dream could become a reality.
    You’ve got a nice farm. I wish you all the best!

  6. joelw Says:

    None of that rain you got made it down my way. We’ve only gotten a few sprinkles in weeks. Glad to have you reading!

    Anything is possible so long as you keep trying. Glad you like the farm. Thanks for reading!

  7. unsolicited advisor Says:

    Joel and family, the credit cycle is now turning. do yourself a favor and don’t bet the farm with cobb. over the next few years more debt would be your biggest regret.

    thanks for the blog!


    your guardian angel of the moment. bill

  8. joelw Says:

    unsolicited advisor,
    Could you elaborate on what your saying about the credit cycle? I know it’s a ton of money, but others seem to be doing okay at it.
    Thanks for reading!

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