In 2015, five small-farm owners in Canada were given a John Deere tractor to use for 10 weeks. Each of them was loaned a John Deere 3E Compact Utility Tractor or a 5E Utility Tractor. In exchange, we asked them to film what life was like on their farm for just a few minutes each. Some had never owned a tractor. Others usually borrowed a tractor from a neighbor to use when needed. And some of them already had a few pieces of their own equipment. These Get Down To Dirt videos are their stories about their experiences with using the tractor. These stories also appeared in the John Deere Journal.
Rosemary Crick and Ken Bryson had no farming experience when they purchased their 50-acre farm in southern Ontario to follow Rosemary’s dream of becoming a farmer – a dream she’s had since seventh.
Now, they’re growing organic vegetables on their property. Understandably, it hasn’t been easy. The couple started with no farming experience and Rosemary says the learning curve has been “straight up.” Now, specialization and mechanization are helping them thrive.