Several weeks ago, this column covered Highland resident Stephen Tyler, his son Matt and their family.
Matt explained how his father, Stephen, along with his Uncle David Eady, bought several acres of property and started the Highland Harvest Barn Farm, on Boulder and Greenspot Road.
Stephen and his children tilled the soil and worked together to grow quality produce, as the Hamamura’s did, when they owned the strawberry patch.
According to Matt, his Uncle David was instrumental in knowing how to navigate the farming process, which included what crops to grow, when to harvest them and how to sell their produce on the market.
Eady did not see farm work as a chore. It was more of a catalyst from which strong familial bonds and lasting memories were made.
The work of growing crops seemed secondary.
Eady’s six children, along with the Tylers, worked together to make the family farm a success.
“We had a lot of fun with Donna and Steve and their kids,” said Eady. “We had to push the kids a little bit, but they worked.
“The kids would have to plant by hand. Stephen would bed the plants up afterwards.
“They [the children of both families] worked together to get the job done.”
Eady credits his work ethic to his grandparents and parents.
Raised in Canada, Eady worked for his grandfather on his farm.
“At seven years of age, I was driving a tractor,” said Eady. “I would be covered in DDT, with my grandfather standing in the back with a hose and nozzle, spraying each individual plant.”
“My mother’s family had to leave my uncle, who had polio, in Canada,” said Eady. “These hardships don’t register or resonate with the younger generation.”
As a teenager and the eldest child in his family, Eady worked with his mother in the fields.
“I’d ask my mom, how do you pick so fast,” said Eady. “She was probably in her 30s back then.
“This younger generation works slow. My mother would have fired all of them within an hour,” laughed Eady.
“Everybody has to work,” said Eady. “You can either hate it or take pride in it.
“Do your best, and life will go by quicker.
“You will feel that you have accomplished something and not wasted your time.
“You know that you did your best, now you can plan for tomorrow.
“These things are life changing and are enlightening.
For Eady, practicing due diligence and taking pride in all that you do is essential to be successful.
“My three older kids grew up on the farm,” said Eady. “Now they work for other people, and they are successful.”
Next week we will delve into the world of planting remarkable fruits and vegetables, using tried and true methods of growing and harvesting with David Eady, of Highland, on the Highland Harvest Barn strawberry patch.
If you know anything about the history of Highland, I would be interested in hearing from you. Call me at (909) 816-0318.