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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 with it on the family farm in West Tisbury. 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.  Read More

Moglo Alum Publishes Seafaring Adventure

Once upon a time, Mary Marshall Highet worked in our herb garden. Today she’s a mom of two and an acclaimed writer whose second novel, Hold Fast, is a historical seafaring adventure co-authored by Bird Stasz Jones. It’s currently #1 among Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult Boys & Men fiction offerings: Read More

Tractor Tuesday: Simon’s Favorite Ford

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Dan drives the 5600. Photo by Alison Shaw.

Ford 5600 tractorPurchased 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

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

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sending y'all some tomato love 🍅🍅🍅

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Here’s Our Fastest Ford Tractor

Ford 3600 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, making beds for crops like lettuce, greens, carrots, beets and more. Read More

Frying Oil Fuels This Ford Tractor

The Ford 4600 after its biofuel conversion.

Our Ford 5600 tractor was given a biofuel conversion by Vineyard Alternative Auto under a Vision Fellowship grant to encourage sustainable farm practices on Martha’s Vineyard.

Our main tillage tractor from 1984 to 2000, it now can run on pure used fryer oil — biodiesel is not required.

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Summer Housing on Martha’s Vineyard: A Letter from Jim

Dear 2019 Employees,

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

Meet Dan’s Favorite Tractor: The John Deere 5625

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

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Farm Jobs on Martha’s Vineyard

Smiling farmstand workers harvesting vegetables at Morning Glory Farm on Martha's Vineyard

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.

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Smiling Morning Glory Farm employee with a box of peaches in the farmstand.

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