A family can often bond and grow through a mutual interest in a specific activity or hobby. Some farming communities may see a strengthening of familial ties arise out of a shared love for agricultural equipment.
The Tjerstad family of Blair, Wisconsin, has been fixing tractors as a favorite hobby for many years. David, the father of four boys, taught his children to repair farming equipment as a way to learn about the business of agriculture while acquring skills that could translate to saving money on repairs, according to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
More than 30 tractors make up the Tjerstad family collection, as each of the sons owns and operates their own machinery after slight restoration projects are performed on vehicles that are found at scrap yards, the news source reported.
The Tjerstad family has worked to restore seven antique John Deere tractors, as they enjoy working together to revamp the old machinery into a new and functioning mower, reported the Leader-Telegram.
While repairing older models of John Deere tractors can help to build cohesion within a family, new product lines that are available on the company website may feature technology that is essential to the work of a modern farmer.