Volunteers Help Farm Rescue | VideoRetha Colclasure | 5/8/2012
Lamphere likes working with the soil. But that`s not something he gets to do much as an employee of the New York State Department of Transportation.
"I was born on a dairy farm. It`s always been in my blood."
So when he saw a pamphlet about Farm Rescue at the New York State Fair four years ago, he knew he could satisfy his desire to work on a farm, and help someone in need.
"It`s a good feeling to know you`re helping someone that needs the help. With us helping him, he won`t lose his farm. He`ll continue to be able to keep farming."
This spring was the second time Dale came to North Dakota to volunteer with Farm Rescue. The first was last fall, as a way to celebrate his 50th birthday.
"They don`t understand. This is what I like to do. I like being outdoors, working in the dirt."
Dale does help out a friend of his who owns a dairy farm in New York. He says the differences between a farm at home and a farm in North Dakota are striking.
"The biggest fields where I live, 50 acres. But you`re surrounded. This place, over 100 acres, and you`re still in the same field!"
He says the equipment is also a lot bigger than he`s used to and it took a little while to learn how to use it. Now that he`s up to speed, he plans to come back for every planting and harvest season for as long as he can.
Farm Rescue also has volunteers from Georgia, Kentucky and others.