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Tradition and used tractors drive century-old North Carolina farm

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Cecil Coltrane loves to drive his John Deere gator around the farm that his family has owned for more than 100 years.
Cecil Coltrane loves to drive his John Deere gator around the farm that his family has owned for more than 100 years.

While a majority of Americans get pleasure from keeping their Twitter feeds updated and watching television, the Coltrane clan of Pleasant Garden, North Carolina derives happiness from farming on the family property, according to the Christian Science Monitor. 

Cecil Coltrane loves to drive his John Deere gator around the farm that his family has owned for more than 100 years. The agricultural history and heritage of the property have been preserved as he and his relatives continue to work the land that their ancestors did, according to the news source.

The Monitor reported that Coltrane enjoys talking about the glory days of America while surveying his farm, which is decorated with cornfields, tin barns, John Deere tractors and hundreds of animals.

"That is what gives us this love for farming," Coltrane told the news source. "It's the struggles our family has faced to keep this land. Every dollar I've ever made has gone back into this farm. If we want to survive, we have to keep expanding."

Coltrane Farm has been operational as a private company since 1957 and employs a staff of eight workers, according to its website. 

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