My New Favorite Pastime
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Two years ago, if you told me that one day I would carry a Leatherman and feel amiss without it on my belt, I would have laughed.

If you’d told me manure would become a familiar fragrance in my life, I would have thought you were crazy.

And if you’d have told me I would fall in love with a zero-turn lawn mower, I would have asked you what a zero-turn lawn mower was.

Ok, so this isn't exactly the one we use at the farm...but you get the idea.

I got to use the farm’s zero-turn for the first time a few weeks ago. It had always intrigued me, but I am easily intimidated by machines. Dan gave me a quick tutorial and I nervously started it up, moved to the garden space, and set the blades in motion. And then I was hooked. It’s hard to describe why it is so darn much fun. But you know, my grandma used to tell me that when she and my grandpa purchased their riding mower, they’d fight over who got to mow the lawn each week…when I was at Richard Morris’ house last week, his wife Mary and I high-fived when we found out we both love riding mowers…and then I visited our accountant Jackie, recently and guess what? She had just cut her grass with her riding mower. (And, may I add, said she particularly loves making geometric patterns in the grass as she goes along.)

Can I get an AMEN from my riding mower sisters out there? Share your love in the comments.

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.
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8 Responses to My New Favorite Pastime

  1. michelle beall says:

    Yup. I read tractor and mower brochures, drool over PTOs and have been known to take a day off to mow the grass!

  2. Marci says:

    I love it too. I can sing at the top of my lungs and no one can hear me (or at least I don’t think they can.) 🙂 We have not had a zero turn though. Right now, even our rider is broken so back to the old push mower.

  3. Sarah says:

    I’ve never had the pleasure. I wonder what I’m missing…

  4. Yes indeed! Never used a zero turn, but I’ll bet they’re even more fun. Marci, I agree, singing loudly while mowing– I can’t even hear myself. Of course, I probably look like a lunatic. 🙂

  5. I am not a farmer, but I really enjoyed that post. Can you please tell us more about zero turn mowers? What is zero turn? Is it like riding a roller coaster? What is so great about it? I am really curious!

  6. And what is a PTO? I only know it as Personal Time Off.