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The Fair Opens Today! Here’s the Schedule

Today begins the 156th annual Martha’s Vineyard Livestock Show and Fair in West Tisbury. You can download this year’s Fair Book at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society website. »» Here is the schedule for the fair’s first day: 

Tractor Tuesday: The Mighty Caterpillar

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

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: IH Hydro 84 is Best for Haying, Spreading

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

Farmall 140: Still Going Strong at 59

Currently set up with a 5 row custom Buddingh weeder and rear end sweeps, this International Harvester Farmall has high clearance for cultivation and works on both five- row and three-row bed crops. Though almost 60 years old,… 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

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

ford 5600 tractor with kids

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

Frying Oil Fuels This Ford Tractor

Our main tillage tractor from 1984 to 2000 was given a biofuel conversion by Vineyard Alternative Auto under a Vision Fellowship grant to encourage sustainable farm practices on Martha’s Vineyard. It can run on pure used fryer oil —… Read More