By Margaret Magnus with Sam Ervin & Ray Johnston
The new Kubota Tractor changed Meher Mount’s standing in the neighborhood and helped to improve relationships with its neighbors.
When Manager/Caretaker Ray Johnston was mowing a remote patch of land for extra fire protection in the particularly dry spring of 2007, the nearest neighbor came out to see the tractor.
Then he brought out his tractor to help with the discing, and a friendly discussion and greater long-term cooperation ensued.
Later, Ray began using the disc on another patch of land near another neighbor – again, an area that Meher Mount never had the manpower to address previously. That neighbor then sent over some of her workers to clean up their land by Meher Mount’s driveway.
The tractor has been in regular use since its purchase in 2007: mowing, discing to create additional fire breaks, grading the entry way road to control erosion, and pulling out dead trees.