Farms, the Lifeblood of America

Our farmers have had an interesting "trip" in their agricultural journey. It isn't always easy for them as their
livelihood depends on the success and timing of many obstacles. First and foremost, the farmer is at the mercy of the weather, always causing concern. Is it time for seeding? Will it rain in time to seed? Will it rain too soon after seeding? Or generally in this area we often hear, "When is it going to rain?" 
And of course, winter weather plays an important role in the crop's survival.

The Spring of 2011 was perfect with record rainfall in and around the area. Amazing what God's rain can do and for so many different things.
Trees were green, lawns were lush with beautiful flowers, pastures provided plenty of grass for animals, and the weeds had a record breaking growth.
Even the sagebrush was green! Fortunately, our farmers were blessed with lots of it, and many of that year's crops produced higher than average yields. 2015 was a different story. Lack of moisture and heavy frost did a lot of damage to this year's crops. Can't fool Mother Nature, for sure!

Sunset at Coyote Flats Farms
Weeding
Seeding
Harrowing
Rudy's Aviation ~ Rudy Fichtenberg
Irrigation at the Smith Farm
Storing wheat on the ground
Irrigation
Home Storage
More Home Storage
Shipping by barge
Shipping by Rail
LeRoy Watson Farm
Harvest on Franz Road

Shipping by truck

Ghosts of Farming Past
Many farming secrets are preserved in the old & forgotten farming equipment we
find in the back of fields, the coulees, & on abandoned roads & in ditches. Generally, they
aren't far from when they once were an essential, valuable, and necessary piece of farming equipment.
However, creativity and invention always brings about something new, something more efficient,
something more reliable, & the 'old' is discarded. Many
'treasures' are hidden in the area, and finding an abandoned piece of equipment leaves us to wonder about its history.
If you know something pertinent about any of our photos, we'd be happy to add the information.

1928 Twin City Tractor
Purchased in 1928 and used for 20 years
4 cylinder Tractor burns Kerosene
Cheney, WA
This classic 1928 Twin City  Thresher was manufactured in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Found this treasure on the
Ron Schmitt Farm,  near Cheney, WA
Two Minneapolis Moline Combines in the coulee
near Batum, WA
In Odessa, WA
Seeder
Mower
Wagon
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Updated July 2015
Page created by Carol Kelly

The Memorial Sculpture, commissioned by the Lind Centennial Committee, was designed and constructed by artist, Dave Govedare, and 15 feet high , 36 feet long. It was placed on a six-foot high concrete foundation and has an 18-inch base of lava stone masonry from nearby rock formations. Inside the concrete base is the communityís Time Capsule to be opened in 2038. The sculpture depicts the three elements most important to Lindís heritage: the people, the railroad, and agriculture. Formal dedication was June 5, 1988 in the new Memorial Park.