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.
Tarrah and Nathan’s passion for protecting the environment is one reason why they started to pasture-raise livestock and organically grow vegetables for their CSA customers. Most of the work is done on their 50-acre property known as Green Being Farm. They also rent an additional 30 acres where they grow and sell organic vegetables, and raise pastured pork and chicken along with grass-fed lamb and beef.
Tarrah works full-time on their farm, and Nathan is a full-time animator who also works on the farm in his spare time.