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Tractor Tuesday: Our Incident-Prone IH Hydro 84

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

Tractor Tuesday: Farmall 140 is Still Going Strong

              View this post on Instagram                                 Dan Athearn using our vintage International 140 offset tractor with… Read More

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… 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 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… 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… Read More

Meet Morning Glory’s First Tractor: The 1949 Ford 2N

We purchased our very first tractor in 1973, for $700 from a farmer in New Boston, Mass.

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: