Tilling has been done with a patched-together 1980 model John Deere garden tractor with a small tiller attached. Both now require constant repair; with many parts no longer available, many innovative welding jobs have been involved. We have had to fabricate several parts just to keep things running. In the fall of 2016, we experienced breakdowns that were irreparable. We put out the call for help, and we have secured the use of borrowed equipment for the 2017 season, giving us time to raise funds for permanent replacement.
By the end of March, 2018, we would like to purchase a replacement tractor for the youth garden. Specifically, we will be looking for a 20-25 HP compact utility tractor, in good used condition, along with mower deck and 3-point PTO tiller. The tractor must have a 3-point hitch and 540 RPM PTO.
Primary goal – (~$7,500) Tractor, mower deck, 3-point, 48” tiller attachment
Bonus Goal – (+$2500) Add a front-end loader.
Meanwhile, gifts can be marked “Garden Tractor” and placed in the regular offering, or made online here