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Tractor Tuesday: The Mighty Caterpillar

Our Caterpillar 930 articulated wheel loader may be the most versatile machine we drive here at the farm.

The Tractor that Arms Our Trebuchet

Every autumn, we celebrate the harvest with our Pumpkin Festival. It’s a day of fun on the farm with pumpkin games, live music, fresh food, family hayrides and, out in the fields, our famous trebuchet launching pumpkins high… Read More

The Only Brand-New Tractor We Ever Bought

If you regularly drive the Edgartown-West Tisbury Road at the twilight hours of morning or evening, you might have spotted our John Deere 5425 with Jim behind the wheel.  He chose the options when we ordered it — the… Read More

Tractor Tuesday: Our Economical Kubota

Our late 1970s Kubota tractor had to cross an ocean and a continent to get to us from its factory in Osaka.

Tractor Tuesday: Our Incident-Prone IH Hydro 84

Purchased from Charley at Village Power Equipment in Berlin, Mass., our International Harvester Hydro 84 has its strengths and its weaknesses.

Tractor Tuesday: Farmall 140 is Still Going Strong

              View this post on Instagram                                 Dan Athearn using our vintage International 140 offset tractor with… Read More

Tractor Tuesday: Uncle Leonard’s Farmall

Jim’s uncle Leonard Athearn (1918-2005) bought this International Harvester Farmall model A in 1946, not long after he returned to Martha’s Vineyard from serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Here he is harvesting hay… Read More

Tractor Tuesday: Ford 5610 Has Seen Some Changes

This is the tractor that switched wheels with the Ford 4600 in 2004. We bought it as a loader with a bucket for $10,000 from John Olsen of Huseby Mountain Farm in West Tisbury. 

Tractor Tuesday: Simon’s Favorite Ford

Purchased for $12,000 in Westminster, Mass. in 2000, the Ford 5600 was big enough to pull the third bottom on our our plow and has been a fine runner for us. It has a block heater, so it becomes… Read More

Here’s Our Fastest Ford Tractor

We bought this quiet little diesel from fellow Martha’s Vineyarder Allen Norton. It’s handy for a lot of vegetable jobs like seeding and cultivation, a favored tractor for the tine weeder and it often works the bed former,… Read More