Farmer gets a 'lift' from family to keep doing what he loves

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(Source: Mitch Brown)
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SUCCESS, AR (KAIT) - A man who started a legacy of working the ground has, in recent years, gotten a little help doing what he loves from his family.

Quinn Brown, 94, can be seen in a video on social media lifted up to join his grandson Zack on a massive combine.

Brown's son Mitch guides the "backhoe lift" to the appropriate height. And, with the help of the younger Browns, Quinn settles in to ride through the fields.

Zack tells Region 8 News his grandfather rode with him for about two hours.

"I could get used to this," Quinn told his grandson. Zack says the previous year his grandfather actually drove the machine.

The farm, mostly located in Success, is of special significance to the elder Brown. He was even born on the property.

Mitch says when Quinn was 13 his father died. Quinn dropped out of school and began farming the land. He built the farm literally from the ground up, never leaving.

Even when a fire burned down his home in the 1930s, Quinn and his mother lived in a storm cellar until it was rebuilt. When he and his wife married 72 years ago, they moved into the family home.

The home flooded this past spring for the first time he's lived there. Knowing that his dad would not cope well living anywhere else, Mitch said they moved Quinn and his wife into an office on the farm that they utilized as an apartment.

Quinn is dealing with Alzheimer's, but his family says farming keeps his mind active. Mitch says he's learned everything he knows about farming from his father.

"If I am not doing it right he use to jump down my throat and say that ain't the way we are doing it," said Mitch.

Even though Quinn can't physically farm, the Browns said he is always thinking about it.

"He will always come up to the shop and ask how everything is going," said Mitch. "That man will farm until the grave."

"If it is wet, 'boy I wish it would dry up for you boys.' If it dry, 'boy I hope the rain doesn't come so you can be done before it rains.' All the time it is something to do with farming," said Zack.

Quinn, who said he can't get enough of farming, is very happy to carry this tradition on in the family.

"This boy(Zack) here, he takes care of me," said Quinn. "All I have to do is tell him what I want and he'll do it."

Zack said the last time his grandad road a combine was in 2016. He said before that was in the 80's.

"I am very fortunate to be able to listen to him throughout the years and pick up on what he has learned and show him this new technology and show him how things have come along," said Zack.

Zack said he is proud to say there is no one like his grandad.

The post from Mitch states his father may ride again when the Brown's return to cut rice this season.

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