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Southampton farmer George Gunn wins ‘idea of month’

  • George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.
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  • George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.
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  • George Gunn of Southampton moves a large weight by way of a chain fall and small crane in his barn at Dry Hollow Farm. Gunn was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone from "Successful Farming" magazine with his "Idea of the Month" for a compact storage center. The idea is illustrated in the March issue under the "All Around the Farm" feature. Gunn says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added the small crane and chain fall to create easily accessible storage for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    George Gunn of Southampton moves a large weight by way of a chain fall and small crane in his barn at Dry Hollow Farm. Gunn was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone from "Successful Farming" magazine with his "Idea of the Month" for a compact storage center. The idea is illustrated in the March issue under the "All Around the Farm" feature. Gunn says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added the small crane and chain fall to create easily accessible storage for various tractor implements.
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  • George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • George Gunn of Southampton was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone for his "Idea of the Month" which is illustrated in the "All Around the Farm" feature in the March issue of "Successful Farming." Gunn, who runs Dry Hollow Farm with his sister Candice Gunn, says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added a small crane and chain fall to create a four-tier compact storage center in his barn for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • George Gunn of Southampton moves a large weight by way of a chain fall and small crane in his barn at Dry Hollow Farm. Gunn was awarded a $2500 credit at Firestone from "Successful Farming" magazine with his "Idea of the Month" for a compact storage center. The idea is illustrated in the March issue under the "All Around the Farm" feature. Gunn says it's not an invention but he has "re-purposed" a set of industrial storage shelving units and added the small crane and chain fall to create easily accessible storage for various tractor implements.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

The magazine regularly recognizes farmers’ innovative inventions or methods in the “Idea of the Month” feature, and Gunn won the honor last month for an equipment storage system he dreamed up on Dry Hollow Farm, the family farm he operates on Pleasant Street.

“If you’re a New England farmer, you’re always looking for better ways to do things,” Gunn said recently.

He and his sister Candy are the fourth generation to run the farm, which began as a dairy farm in 1884. In the 1990s they started raising beef cattle instead and now focus on growing hay.

Gunn, who also works part time as a guidance counselor at Hampshire Regional High School, said he came up with his inventive storage system because he needed to store a lot of equipment accessibly in a small shed.

Some modern tractors are designed to allow farmers to quickly and easily attach different implements to the front of the tractor. “It makes it the equivalent of a motorized, hydraulic agricultural Swiss Army knife,” Gunn said of the quick-attach technology.

Gunn has two buckets, a snowplow, a pallet fork, a hay bale grabber and a flail mower that he switches between depending on what job he needs to do on the farm.

He wanted to store the attachments indoors because protecting equipment from the elements helps it last and preserves its value, he said.

“I was looking for a way to keep it all undercover without taking up much space in the shed, and the idea came to me to use racks,” he said. He said he realized industrial warehouse storage shelving units were strong and sturdy enough for the job, so he bought one, set it securely in a cement pad, and adjusted the shelves to fit each implement.

He made a few other adjustments to make it safer and easier to deposit and remove the equipment on the shelves. He lined the shelf holding the snowplow with plywood to prevent a corner of the plow from snagging an upright support while it is being placed onto the shelf. He also painted the back of the loader attachment unit that faces him bright yellow and painted the attaching part of each implement white so that he has a good target to aim for, even if he is driving in low light.

Gunn further improved the storage system by attaching a portable crane — able to lift 1,000 pounds — to the scaffold so he can lift the equipment if he needs to adjust its position. He also uses it to put a cement-filled barrel into the back of his pickup truck in the winter for better traction.

“It’s fun and exciting,” Gunn said of the recognition in the “Idea of the Month” feature. “I always look at it and say, ‘Here’s an idea I can use.’ It’s a fun and easy way to share ideas.”

Gunn won $2,500 worth of tires from Firestone, which he said he will spend at Pete’s Tire Barn in Northampton.

Rebecca Everett can be reached at reverett@gazettenet.com.

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