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Spare… What was your first thought? Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Much of the Central Valley of California drew its population from Dust Bowl migrants in the 1930s. These Okies and Arkies stayed and now many of them thrive harvesting crops like hay and alfalfa. The amount of food produced Elderwood, a community of about 120 people and thousands of acres of crops, groves, orchards, and cattle ranches, feed us and give us plenty to spare.

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Even a grown woman looks small next to the plenty of this harvest.

After a season of record-setting rainfall, the cattle will have enough feed to spare.

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Neat stacks ready for storage will soon be picked up and transported to a more permanent location.

High class hay
High-class hay

The stacker did not waste a spare moment moving these mountains of golden bales. Watch how it is done!

Loading finished, this hay bale machine loader, unloads at Hay Mountain and returns to fetch a new load before dark. He has about an hour to spare.

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  1. So fascinating to see how that stacker works! So glad that there was such a good harvest this year. I remember watching a mini-series by Ken Burns, about the awful Dust Bowl tragedy. I really admire those people who came through this terrible time. Love the old song. 🙂

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  2. I loved reading this – you hooked me with ‘brother can you spare me a dime’ just because my (very English) father always grinned when he did his impersonation of Rudy Vallee … funny what stays with us. Your post is really interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed both the words and the pictures. Thank you.

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