“I began helping with tractor work and from the age of 14, I had my own irrigation pipes to set.
Operating a large piece of equipment was scary when I was young but my dad or grandfather would ride with me, show me what to do, and give me the long list of what not to do.
“Unlike most jobs, if I screw up, I don’t get to leave at the end of the day and forget about it. We reminisce about our mistakes at dinner, at Thanksgiving with the whole family, and probably will for years to come. But I also get to be part of something bigger than a summer job; I sit down with family members and discuss solutions to problems we’re having.
“The most important thing my dad and grandfather taught me is a strong work ethic. When it snows and everything else shuts down, farmers have to go out and make sure things are still running. It is a way of life I have come to love.”