Communities reach out to family with help on the farm

Many hands make light work. More than 30 people came out to the Mack Farm near Scranton to help Abraham Musonda’s  family as they prepare for lambing season.

Students and community members help out on the Mack Farm. (Courtesy Photo)

By COLE BENZ | Record Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

Many hands make light work. More than 30 people came out to the Mack Farm near Scranton to help Abraham Musonda’s  family as they prepare for lambing season.

Abraham has been in the hospital for the better part of the past three weeks as doctors tend to his heart and lung troubles.

The event was spearheaded by the Scranton FFA Chapter as a community service project.

“I know from our farm, that it takes a lot of work to get ready and with the family being gone, I just kind of wanted to pitch in some where,” said Misty Steeke, Scranton FFA Advisor. “It was kind of a community service type project for our FFA.”

Though it was initiated by the Scranton FFA, word quickly spread and members of the Hettinger community came out to help.

“When I kind of just mentioned [that] I wanted to do something, it was like they were all on board,” she said.

Among those she talked to was Shannon Kludt, who helped organize some Hettinger community members’ participation.

On Sunday, Feb. 26, 33 people started working at 1 p.m. and had finished everything they needed to accomplish by 5 p.m.

The group cleaned pens, hauled out bull manure, scrape along edges, did some general cleanup, added some water lines, organized feed areas and put up plywood and insulation, among other tasks.

“All the walls are all sheeted in now and insulated, the barn is clean, they’re basically ready for lambing,” she said.

Steeke noted that it takes quite a lot of time and energy to get a farm operation ready for lambing. And now that the prep work has been done, the family can at least take those chores off their minds as they care for Abraham.

The help won’t stop there either. She said a crew from Hettinger is already gathering and is planning on coming out to the farm the assist with shearing.

“I think everybody, you know, is just kind of doing their duty of pitching in,” she said.







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