Hi Jean – Thank you for sending me the pictures of Dad on his tractor grapehoeing Block 10 last Friday. He was catching up on that last part of organic farming of weed removal before the rains came and my brother Joe’s grape hoe invention is Dad’s favorite tractor tool since 1985. Keeps Dad on the tractor and our vineyards organic.
Your photo of Dad on his tractor (his horse since 1979) is memorable. He didn’t expect to see both of us in the vineyard – and you taking some pictures of him – but he had farm work to do and his slight wave of “hello” and then his stopping the tractor to talk to you for awhile gave importance to how he related to you because he knows you will tell his stories about the farm and the vineyards and now how three generations of grape growing and winemaking have continued. – Martha
Photos credit Jean Yates, Oregon Wine Marketing