pile of brush and branches
It doesn't look like much, but that pile is about 10' long, 6' deep, and 8' tall! Photo by Keba M Hitzeman

There are many farm projects and tasks that one person can complete on their own. Some of those projects may take longer when working solo, but it can be done. On the flip side, some things need more than one person, for safety reasons, time constraints, or simply because it makes the time pass quicker. Of course, many people may want to help, but they have their own obligations that prohibit helping on the farm. When the stars and the schedules align, it’s incredible to me how much can be accomplished with even one extra person helping.

I’ve written before about projects and their relative priority – fence repairs and haymaking trump picking up fallen branches and mowing. When I do have the opportunity to knock out some of those lower-priority-but-need-done-eventually tasks with a willing helper, I’ll gladly take the help!

Photo by Unsplash/Janine Joles

Once the hot and humid summer was mostly over, and we wouldn’t sweat ourselves to death while working outside, a good friend spent several Thursdays helping me with some projects that had been languishing at the bottom of the to-do list – moving an astounding amount of brush to two specific locations, and turning our lumber storage area 90 degrees. Brush-moving is not exactly difficult work, but it is time-intensive. Cut the brush down, load as much as you can on the tractor forks (making sure it’s balanced and won’t fall off as you round a corner), drive to the drop-off location, dump the brush, drive back, repeat. That’s a lot of getting on/getting off the tractor when working by yourself! This time, most of the brush was already on the ground, so it was a matter of loading, driving, unloading. There were some areas where I could drive the tractor along very slowly as she loaded the brush onto the forks. That was certainly a time-saver, and now, my fields and yards are (mostly!) free of brush and branches.

lumber on metal shelves
Now I can find the right lumber for the job! I still have to sort and stack the short pieces that are piled up nearby. Photo by Keba M Hitzeman

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