Friday, April 16, 2010

This pink tractor has a special significance

Pink tractors?

OK, maybe not such a good idea in the landscape trade. Or maybe they are. Who can tell?

But Paige McClure loves hers and we think what her tractor symbolizes is cool.

Paige, who runs a 100-acre farm and orchard in Peru, IN, with her husband, Jerry, bought the 34-hp, KIOTI CK30HST model recently to do farm chores. Paige and Jerry had the tractor painted pink, which wasn’t as simple as taking it into a spray booth and hitting it with a case of spray cans.

Dealer Lyle Woods of Off Duty Ranch, working with the manufacturer, had the tractor disassembled, then custom painted and reassembled and re-tested before turning it over to Paige, who then strategically stenciled the words — Hope, Faith and Love on the sides of the tractor in loving memory of her mother, who passed away from breast cancer four years prior.

The McClure and the Woods families have taken their support of breast cancer research one step beyond the tractor and now sell t-shirts and other clothing items to support the cause at

While we’re on the subject of breast cancer research, we’ve posted several blogs on this site about Hope in Bloom, a non-profit based in Massachusetts that plants gardens free of charge at the homes of women and men undergoing treatment for breast cancer. This is a creative and kind effort and deserves the industry’s support.

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