The passion for agriculture often comes from the elders who came before us. Tonight’s featured farmer is a prime example of that concept. Tonight’s featured farmer: Denver Kelly
Hands Pictured Above: Denver Kelly Age: Would be 102, Died at 99
Involvement In Agriculture: The land my great-grandson now farms, I broke out with two mules and a plow. I farmed actively until I was 97 years old, even hoeing in the fields in the heat of the day. I never wanted to leave the farm. It was my life.
Most Difficult Moment in Agriculture: In over 80 years of being involved in agriculture, it would be hard to point to a most difficult moment. Perhaps, the years of the dust bowl, or the depression, or the years of failed crops, the years of barely making it. The year I lost my daughter to cancer. The year I lost my young great-grandson to a drunk driver, or the year I lost my right hand man, my grandson Mike who farmed along side me for over 25 years.
Most Joyus Moment in Agriculture: Rising up each day, knowing the farm was my world brought me the most joy a man could experience. Watching 80 years of seed be planted and harvested. Each day in farming is the most joyous ever, no matter what the weather or the market is doing. When the dirt is under your fingernails at the end of the day, you know you have been with God.