Farm & Ranch Living

Snapshots

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Enjoy the simple pleasures of a summer spent outside.

1. PLANTING SEEDS

To sow corn, our family pulls a vintage planter behind a 1948 Farmall H. Someone has to ride on the back of the planter, and when our grandchild­ren August and Aymie wanted a turn, their mom, Catherine Evenson, walked behind for safety—and snapped this picture.

TONI WIEBE PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA

2. TIME TO MAKE THE MOLASSES

These are my parents, Darlene and Ralph O’Dell. My dad’s family has produced sorghum for several generation­s. We use an old-fashioned planter, and later we harvest, strip and run the sorghum through the mill. It has become a family tradition, with kids and grandkids of all ages taking part.

KANDI HARRISON EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MONTANA

3. HE’S A NATURAL

This is our son Zach shortly after we moved to Virginia, to a property near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Zach loves everything about farm life!

PATTIE TURNER FLOYD, VIRGINIA

4. PAPA’S APPRENTICE

My daughter, Oaklynn, is only a few years old, but checking on the cows with Dad is serious business.

TRISHA MURDOCK POCAHONTAS, ARKANSAS

5. MECHANICAL MAKE-BELIEVE

It’s safe to say that my sons are obsessed with tractors! We do hope our tractor- and truck-loving boys never lose that spark.

BRANDI ANDERSON WEST PLAINS, MISSOURI

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