This neat little video was created by my talented co-worker Reed Turner. It showcases our transplanting abilities when it comes to leeks and some fancy tractor driving. The leeks are seeded in a two in deep flat and then picked apart on the transplanter to go in the ground. A team of 5 including the tractor driver, transplanted thousands of leeks in one morning. The efficiency of this group of folks has shocked me since I started. The organization and work ethic of these folks is unbelievable! Also unbelievable is the transplanter itself. I never knew a piece of machinery like this existed. I spent the week before my internship started at my parents farm, planting tomatoes, peppers and cukes and boy, did I wish my parents had one of these! It makes very quick work of planting seedlings.
It works by digging a shallow trench in which the started plant is placed. The four angled wheels push dirt in around the plant, leaving the photosynthesizing leaves above the ground so the plant can grow. It usually used with a team of four or five. Leeks can be planted very close together, about six inches, so the transplanters must move very quickly, although the tractor moves very slowly. It really is a pretty neat little contraption!