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Graf family working on the hops.
My son and his wife work full time jobs and our three grandchildren are always busy with school, sports, 4-H, Girl Scouts, band and much more. This is one busy family. A few years ago my son and his wife took on a major project, investing in creating a hops farm on their rural land. Hops are the female flower clusters used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer. They plan to grow the hops and sell them to a distributor.
Today my wife and I joined the five of them to spend a work day working in the hops field. Today’s task was to find the young hop plans and create lines from wire overhead down to plants so they can grow up. Also, we, mainly I, did some weeding of the big bad weeds in the rows. For six hours, with a lunch break, we worked out marking the hops and putting down the lines. Some worked harder than others but we all worked on one common goal.
Tomorrow my son will be back to work, my daughter-in-law and kids to church and sports and other activities. We are back home to resume our busy lives. But for a brief time today we got the feel for a family working together on the land. There have been other hop work days and there will need to be more. Each of the seven of us have busy lives but we came together today working on the hops.