March 5, 2013
The Equipment Barn at the Farm
I've posted many photos of the exterior of the large equipment barn at my farm, but I don't think I've ever given a blog tour of the interior. It's a rather substantial building, built to house heavy equipment and tools of all kinds. It's important that it be kept clean and organized so that tools are found quickly and easily. Without further ado, welcome to the equipment barn.
1 With the snow now melted, the farm crew has been concentrating on clearing garden beds.
2 And also giving the lawn areas a good raking, removing dead grass and other debris. If you've ever wondered where these hard-working fellows keep all the farm tools and equipment, I'll give you a peek inside a very important building.
3 This is the equipment barn, which I had built soon after purchasing the farm. There are two large sliding doors at either end for accessing the equipment.
4 The building is approximately 40 x 120-feet and, as you can see, I wanted the structure to have a substantial height.
5 The building is large enough to park all of the heavy farm equipment.
6 All the garden tools are hung on sturdy hooks.
7 Ladders of various sizes rest against one wall and wheel barrows are stored on end.
8 Riding mowers are used to cut large areas of grass.
9 Rather than Bedford gray, I chose to paint the interior a sort of pale butterscotch yellow.
10 Tools are hung so that they are easy to find. Dirt is rinsed off outdoors before tools are put away.
11 Broadcast spreaders are also suspended on hooks.
12 As are leaf blowers
13 This Hi-Lo machine is so versatile and has many uses at the farm.
14 This John Deere tractor, with its front loader, is used constantly.
15 Lesser used pieces of equipment are parked in the side bay. Do you remember the old Martha by Mail truck?
16 I just love the antique Allis Chalmers tractor, circa 1940s.
17 This is the other John Deere, which Dominic uses for mowing the hay fields and for plowing the carriage roads.
18 This area houses more mowers, blowers, tillers, and hand trucks. The wood chipper is also parked here.
19 This corner of the barn is reserved for mechanical maintenance and repairs. One of the vehicles had an oil leak and an oil absorbent was spread over the puddle to soak it up.
20 Garden sprinklers are kept on top of these storage cabinets during the winter.
21 When I designed this building, I chose to panel some of it with wainscoting, giving the interior a handsome character.
22 Through the glass paneled door is the cozy lunch room, where the crew takes their coffee break and eats their meals. The picnic-style tables are from the commissary kitchen of my original Connecticut TV studio. The chopping block is from my great-uncle's butcher shop many years ago.
23 An old neon diner clock brightens the room.
24 Extra layers hang on pegs.
25 The sink area
26 Martha Stewart Clean, of course!
27 It must be lunch time.
28 The crew takes their lunch from twelve to one.
29 That's Gyurme, Chhiring, Dominic, Fernando, Wilmer, and Phurba.