Buddy was still harvesting pecans at the age of 85.
Buddy is admiring his pecan trees after a long day's work.
Buddy's custom tarp system
Buddy devised a method of harvesting that didn't require getting down on his hands and knees!
Yes, this tractor still works but the shaker is a bit small for the size of the trees.
Cleaning the pecans
After cleaning, the debris is dumped in the back field to introduce nitrogen back into the ground.
Aimee is ready to help with the fall harvest.
The shovel is used to help move the windrowed pecans into containers.
Aimee is thrashing pecans that were left in the tree after shaking.
The pecans are windrowed for easier shoveling into containers.
Buddy is moving his unique tarp system.
East rows in Buddy's orchard 50 years ago
A view of Buddy's orchard today looking east towards the LBJ National Park, aka the Texas Whitehouse
West rows in Buddy's orchard 50 years ago
A view of Buddy's orchard today looking west towards the homeplace of Ernest and Marie Hodges (my grandparents)
Buddy and Konrad, his grandson
Mechanical harvester at work
Aimee is taking a well-deserved break from harvesting pecans.
Now that's a lot of pecans!
Each order is made one at a time to ensure quality and freshness.
A beautiful sunset on Buddy's farm