9902 Sulphur Mountain Road
Ojai, CA 93023-9375

Phone: 805-640-0000


Wednesday-Sunday: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday: Closed


Buzz & Ginger Glasky


Sam Ervin, Preident
Ron Holsey, Vice President
Ursula Reinhart, Treasurer
Jim Whitson, Director
Richard Mannis, Director


Margaret Magnus, Secretary

9902 Sulphur Mountain Rd
Ojai, CA, 93023
United States

(805) 640-0000

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Anecdotes, activities and stories about Meher Mount - past, present and future.

Tractor Gives Meher Mount New Standing in the Neigborhood

Margaret Magnus

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.

BOARD MEMBER Jim Whitson gives the new tractor a "test drive" in the driveway. Board Member Jim Auster is in the background watching the proces. (Sam Ervin photo, 2007.)

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.