Thursday, July 2, 2009
The Rothe Family
Ed Jr, with his “wonder dog” Buddy, live in the main house and Ed is our Farm Manager. He determines where the crops are planted, and reports to the Farm Service Agency when and where the crops are on the farm. He is tireless and works very hard to see that all of your pick-ups are stress free and available for you. He sits on the back of the setter for tobacco and veggies as well. He makes sure your veggies are well taken care of and picks them so they are fresh and ready for you to enjoy. He is a master mechanic for the Farmall equipment (we only have “red” tractors) on our farm. And he has been known to help out other farmers as well with repairs and/or suggestions.
Gene, with his “little pup” Diesel, live on Hayes Ave with his Dad Jean. Diesel is the Great Furry Hunter of the farm he has tried to train Buddy in the fine art; but Buddy just likes to tag along. Gene is the master behind the Blog and all computer related issues as well as master mechanic of the tractors or other equipment. Anything that cannot be coaxed into running with a little elbow grease and oil, he works his magic! He has made “to scale” models of machinery for his nephew’s riding tractor. Just recently we found out he can take on Bobby Flay anytime with his BBQing!
Married to Ed Sr. and lives to the right of the Main Farm House, she takes care of the Farm Stand. Jane makes the Farm Stand shine with all the veggies in-between working in the garden and taking care of her grandkids. She bakes and puts up jams and jellies. She has also been known to put up tomato sauce and fill bags of corn for the freezer. Her talents also include her artistic ability. She has made many lovely water color and acrylic paintings for friends and family.
Ed is still working for Gerber during the daytime and then heads out to the farm to finish out his evenings. Whether driving tractor or sitting on the back of the setter; grass does not grow under his feet. Also a machinist by trade (do you see a trend here?) he works with the others to make sure our Farmalls continue to perform to their expected calling. He is the caregiver to the cows (Herefords) and makes sure they are fed corn each evening. He has been seen on the back of the setter and driving the tractor for the wiggley hoe.
Jean lives on Hayes Avenue with Chris, his wife. Retired from Gerber and fulltime farmhand now. He is tractor driver for setting, hand hoer of crops, bank representative, farm history keeper, and main person to set up repairs with shops for items not repairable at the farm. He is Chris’s support person for setting up pick-up bins. He has a wonderful sense of humor unless you are the one being tricked (which Chris usually ends up being the one). He is the one that runs interference between the others and Chris for accounting purposes.
The main task for Chris is to see that the CSA runs smoothly. She sets up applications, and some of the info for the blog. She also does the accounting for the farm. She can occasionally be found on the back of the setter when someone else is missing or unavailable. She along with Ed Jr. are the beekeepers for the farm. She has been known to hand hoe or pick veggies on occasion and will set up events at the farm for the shareholders or other interested visitors.