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
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.
Brand John Deere
Engine 4.5 4-cylinder
HP 99 PTO, 87 drawbar
Special tools 4WD, bucket
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.
We purchased our very first tractor in 1973, for $700 from a farmer in New Boston, Mass. Read More
We’ve closed up the farmstand until next spring, but our well-fed chickens lay eggs all winter long and we still have some winter produce as well. So until we reopen, the honor fridge and cashbox are once again located outside the farmstand exit. Come by any time to pick up farm-fresh Morning Glory eggs and winter produce, and eat gloriously!