A Lifetime of Farming
Since he started renting out plots of land in high school, Dave Siler devotes his springs and summers to farming.
“I rented out 90 acres when I was sixteen so that I could earn enough money to buy a car,” said Siler and he’s been farming ever since.
Dave and his wife of 43 years, Diane, own over 120 acres of various crops including corn, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and their famous asparagus. They are in Michigan from April until December when they pack up and move to Alabama for the winter.
“I can’t wait until the season’s over. We both work so hard and are just exhausted at the end of each day,” says Diane.
The two rarely see each other during the day. Diane is always running from the road side stand to barn to refill the vegetables that have run out and Dave is out in the fields with his workers collecting the crops. Dave hires migrant workers each year to help out on the farm. One worker, Jose Cortez who they always call Joe, has worked with them for 11 years.
“Joe’s like our Spanish son. He treats this farm like it’s his own, which we love,” explained Diane.
Even though they do hire the workers Dave and Diane stay involved and work right alongside them.
“I will never ask anyone to do work I would never do,” said Dave as he helps pick up potatoes with Joe. Dave has had seven back surgery’s, both hips replaced, and has shoulder problems, but he doesn’t let that slow him down.