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 with it on the family farm in West Tisbury.Read More
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 a easy choice in the winter as it will start if plugged in. Read More
If only we could each hand our loved one a red, ripe Moglo tomato of any shape—what a Valentine that would be! But our tomatoes are just tiny seedlings now, so here instead is a love letter from summertime.
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, making beds for crops like lettuce, greens, carrots, beets and more. Read More
For the last 100 years or more, summer workers on Martha’s Vineyard have been looking for places to stay which are clean, safe and affordable on the wages of their summer jobs. For a worker making our starting wage of $13 an hour, an “affordable” housing allowance of 30% is about $155 a week. Naturally it would be desirable to pay less and our farm housing does give a good advantage at $100. Read More
From plowing, harrowing and tilling to haying, bucket work and even snowplowing, our cabless John Deere 5625 does it all and has become Dan’s favorite tractor. It’s a strong, reliable machine with joystick control, so its bucket or loader can easily be switched for forks or a hay spear.We bought this 99-horsepower tractor at auction for a very good price in the summer of 2012, a time when we were having multiple tractor repair issues. It spends the deep winter on the Chilmark farm, where Dan uses it to plow snow and deliver daily hay to the cattle.
The 5625 also has a quality bucket attachment and four-wheel drive, so we use it for digging out barns and other light bucket work. In the growing season, it does primary tillage—plowing, harrowing and zone tillage—as well as hayfield and composting work. Model 5625 Brand John Deere Engine 4.5 4-cylinder HP 99 PTO, 87 drawbar Fuel diesel Year 2007-2008 Special tools 4WD, bucket
Are you looking for a summer job on Martha’s Vineyard? We are hiring for the 2019 season.
Working at Morning Glory Farm is not just a great way to experience living on Martha’s Vineyard—it’s a good job for Islanders as well.
“I was very impressed with all of you and respect the way you run your business. From your family to each and every person employed by you I only experienced kindness. I’ve never seen such great team work and it had been a long time since I had worked with so many positive happy employees. You have something special going for sure. I am grateful to have been a part of it all.”
— W., Morning Glory Farm employee, 2018
What is it like to work at Morning Glory Farm? The days can start early and there’s a lot of heavy lifting, but we also get breaks and all kinds of free food. Everyone gathers at noon for a substantial farm lunch that includes vegetarian/vegan options and is usually accompanied by a cake, pies or a special dessert from the bakery.