The Farm Cleanup Continues


| 11/4/2013 4:36:00 PM


Mary ConleyI really wonder if you as a reader can get the full picture of all the junk spread out on our farm! I mean, how many times have you found bed springs in the pasture, or a refrigerator on its side in front of the barn? A bathtub in the dog kennel and a ceramic toilet nearby? The loft of a large shed full of furniture including a washer and dryer? A piano and stove with microwave on the lower floor? When we thought we couldn’t be surprised anymore, we were. 

Well, we accomplished many cleanup endeavors, and one of them was a pile not far from a building we call the pit because it has one in the floor. A neighbor gave us its history, and we learned that the building was built by a gravel company for use to repair their equipment while they worked in a nearby field.

Old Junk from the Pit

The pit minus most of the rubbish.  A perfect place for a sewing machine, right?

There was a partially covered mound just over the bank from the pit. As Todd, Nancy, Larry and I dug into it, we not only found the usual junk, but also machinery parts, old tools, tractor headlights, and sad to say, deteriorating tractor batteries. I’m so glad that now there are recycling places where farmers can take such hazardous waste. There is no charge for this, so hopefully they take advantage and are better stewards than in the past. I grew up on an Iowa farm, and I know that Dad just threw whatever wouldn’t burn into the Little Sioux River. In those days, most things probably eventually disintegrated, but what a shame. I don’t know what he did with used batteries.



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