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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

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 the Vineyard from serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Here he is harvesting hay… Read More

Insulating Panels Locked into place

Construction and farming activities continue at a blistering pace, the great weather and general haste as the season progresses has enabled allot of work to be complected in the last couple weeks.  At the new store Foard Panel… Read More

Barn Boards onto the Barn

The workmen have been feverishly working away.  On Thursday I counted 17 men and women pounding away at: installing the post and beam porch, nailing up barnboard roofers, staining the white cedar trim, laying out a fire suppression… Read More

Jim and Daniel Figur’in

I just liked this pic of Dad and Dan working out a carpentry problem. You can see the lumber Tom Turner cut locally for the building drying in the greenhouse.  Also behind Dan is our newest addition to… Read More

A calf born in the storm by Meg Athearn

       On Monday and Tuesday evening as Dan and I were falling asleep we heard uncharacteristic mooing from the upper pasture. We were not too concerned, knowing the cows had water and hay, but both nights we… Read More

The Foundation is Laid

Cold weather, snow and delayed concrete aside the masons poured the foundation this week and it looks great! There are two general areas, the square closest to the camera is the area for root cellar in the basement… Read More

Go to the Fair

Ah the fair, I love the fair.  Workmen/women, visitors and residents across the island take time to visit and enjoy the fair.  Listen to the Blue Hills Strolling Brass Quintet, catch the new favorite event the antique lawn… Read More

Plowing down cover crops

Jim Athearn plowing at the old Waller Dairy farm, now owned by town of Edgartown, just to the north of the Katama air field. Dad says “its time to plow everything”.  We have been out turning all the… Read More

Mending Fences

Fence work continues as always.  In the off season we try to walk and repair all our fence lines, and cut back the brush.  Our neighbors don’t really want 20 cows grazing in thier well tended gardens and… Read More