Folks on the Farm: David Archey

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is David Archey. My family and I just recently moved to Big Sandy from Arizona. I am married and the father of two beautiful children.

What is your position on the farm?

I am the mechanic. I am responsible for the service and repair of all the farm equipment. No small task, but I enjoy the challenge and the wide-open spaces of northern Montana. Oh, and when needed, I help run equipment with Seth and Chad as well.

How did you become aware of Bob Quinn?

I had applied for the position of a diesel mechanic for another organic farmer near Havre. The position had been already filled at the time but they passed my information onto Bob, and here we are!

What’s your favorite part of your job, so far?

I thoroughly enjoy the people I work for and with. Also, every day is different and never tedious—there is always something to do and learn.

What sort of changes or additions would you like to make in your current position, and why?

I hope to set up a more efficient and detailed service plan for the various machines on the farm in order to keep them running better and less need for repairs.

What goals do you hope to help Bob achieve in your work?

I want to help Bob achieve a quicker and improved harvest yield by having well-maintained, dependable machinery.

So where are you originally from?

I am originally from Tucson, Arizona but my family and I have spent the last few years living in Texas and Oklahoma.

Did you grow up on a farm?

I did not grow up on a farm. My wife, however, has an extensive background in agriculture and introduced me to it. I made the switch to working on farming equipment when we moved to Texas so my wife could continue college.

What sort of qualifications or education was required for your position?

An extensive background in diesel mechanics both in and out of a classroom.

Do you feel like your schooling has helped with your position?

Definitely! I went to school to become a diesel mechanic and although I specialized in a different type of machines, the basics were there and it gave me something to grow from.

What do you enjoy about working for Bob?

I really enjoy the work atmosphere. Bob is truly a one-of-a-kind man that, even though he is the boss, he treats you as if you’re family rather than just an employee. He is full of knowledge and never hesitates to share it.

Were you familiar with organic farming before working for Bob?

No. My agriculture background consisted mainly of crops used for livestock consumption.

Would you encourage your children to be organic farmers?

I would be happy with whatever my children choose to become but I would definitely encourage organic farming. No matter what changed may come in the future, people will always need to eat and the awareness of and demand for organic goods is continuously growing. That said, both of my kids have a great interest in livestock, so raising organic livestock may be their future.

In conclusion, has working on an organic farm changed your perceptions about farming and food supply?

Absolutely! It has given me a greater appreciation for the organic industry and is much more involved than I had known it to be.