Will Jenkel from Lampson Tractor delivered a 5 shank ripper today and demonstrated how to use it. A ripper is designed to aerate land before discing, tilling or spading. I’m looking into buying a spader which is a tractor mounted implement that emulates the technique of double digging.

Ryan Kunde has been giving me advice on how to go about farming the Pillow Road property. From soil testing resources to tilling techniques, Ryan, having grown up in the Kunde vineyards, has a tremendous wealth of knowledge.

Will Jenkel operating the ripper, with Julian Sanchez and Ryan Kunde, and the goat "Chuggy" looking on.