Source: Salisbury Post

Though the coronavirus pandemic has brought parts of the state economy to a halt, work for North Carolina farmers has largely continued apace. In Rowan and surrounding counties, a bumper spring hay crop has left few idle, the Salisbury Post reports.

A lot of the market for hay has been larger in scale, with tractors more common than individuals for moving bales around. But a significant market for one-person sized bales remains, according to the Salisbury Post. With most of the work involving larger operations, labor for the smaller, 50-to-60 pound bales is hard to find.

The Hoffner Organic Dairy Farm has found help in an 18-year-old East Rowan High School senior. Adalie Harrison wanted to see if she was up to the challenge, the Salisbury Post reports

“I wanted to see just how hard it would be,” she told the paper.

Harrison is joined by 19-year-old Clayton Lewis, a soon-to-be sophomore at Catawba College in Salisbury. Lewis wanted to lend a hand, but also cited the closure of the YMCA as a motivation as well. He wanted to get in a good workout, the paper reports.

Seeing a new generation putting in the same work he did as a younger man was a welcome sight for Buddy Hoffner, the owner of the farm. 

“I haven’t seen enthusiasm like this in a long time,” Hoffner said.

“We have struggled to find help on our farm for years. Today’s youth just aren’t as dependable, and they don’t want tough working conditions,” Hoffner told the paper. “I watched these two teens busting it to keep up a good pace and I couldn’t help but smile. They were working just like we were expected to when I was their age.”

For Hoffner, the work ethic of the teen duo surpassed his expectations. 

“I offered both of them a future job on the spot.”

Read the full story from the Salisbury Post.