Anderson Apple Ranch

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    Living in Apple Heaven

     I absolutely LOVE living in an apple orchard. It is a great place to hang out with my friends, or to curl up under a tree and read a good book. Although living here has been rewarding and eventful, I have also learned how to work and to not be afraid to get down and dirty when it comes to getting something done.

                Every summer, my little sister, Tessa, and I have the job of moving the irrigation pipes…EVERY DAY!!! Usually when Tessa and I wake up, after eating breakfast, we change into our irrigation clothes and move the pipes. Because I have been moving the pipes for a lot of years now, it has gotten a lot easier and more efficient then when we first started. In fact, my very first experience of moving the pipes by myself I got to the bottom of the row and almost stepped on a bull snake. Of course I screamed and ran inside. It took me a while to build my courage back up to move them again, but I am grateful for the job of moving the pipes. It has taught me how to work hard, and to not procrastinate… because you eventually have to do the job, and it is a lot easier when it is not so hot outside.

                Another benefit of working in the orchard is that I get to do these tasks with my family. Every other spring, we hire pruners to come and prune our 350 apple trees. Even though I am very grateful that I do not have their job, my family and I have the duty of picking up the branches off the ground once they are done pruning. This takes days and days of frustration and back aches. We go through each row and pick up every huge branch to the tiny slivers, and drop them in our trailer to be burned in our burn pile. As stated before though, doing it with my family makes the work more bearable.

                These are only a few of the many jobs I have throughout the year. And even though they are all hard work, and I complain like crazy when they are assigned to me, I am thankful to have been taught how to work hard and put my “all” into the things I do.

     

    ~Rachell Anderson, 17

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