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Harnish Family Works Together To Meet Deadlines LOU ANN GOOD Lancaster Fanning Staff MANHEIM (Lancaster Co.) It’s difficult to tell if Marci Ham ish is more excited about the dairy industry or about FFA. Regardless, one thing is defi nite: Agriculture is number one in her life. This recently crowned Lancas ter County Dairy Princess credits her parents. Bob and Marti, for inspiring her to become involved in agriculture. Raised on a fourth-generation dairy farm, Marci had lots of experience with the behind-the scenes work of a family farm, but she lacked the overall perspective of how agriculture affects society. ‘When she entered ninth grade, her father advised her to try FFA for one year. “If you don’t like it, you may drop it,” he said. It took less than one year as a member of the Manhcim FFA for Marci to become an avid supporter of the program. “I did not know about the won derful opportunites FFA offers. It’s a chance for kids to develop self." Marci expresses her appreci ation for a program that she says changed her from a shy kid into a confident, outgoing leader. Her dad shares her enthusiasm for the program although he says that he learned that FFA really stands for “Father Farms Alone.” Laying puns aside, her dad is not complaining. He is quite willing to do more than his share on the fami ly farm while Marci and tier older brother Greg, who was a former FFA state officer, participate in many FFA activities. Quality Genuine Replacement Parts Quality Factory Trained Mechanics. Means Quality Service For You. Her dad said of his high school years, “I had always wished that I could be in FFA, but I did not have that opportunity when I was in school. It was something that I really wanted my children to do.” Marci considers herself fortu nate to be part of what she calls one of the best FFA chapters in the state. “Every year, the class gets big ger and bigger. We have about 80 kids in it. Our advisor, Deb Seibert, is great Even though she has two children, we (FFA mem bers) are really her kids," she said. Manheim FFA is number one in the state for activities and has the distinct honor of having one of its members appointed to an FFA state office in each of the past six years. Marci, who is 17 years old, will be a senior at Manheim Central High School in the fall. She is pres ident of not only her school’s FFA but also the county organization. And, like her brother Greg, who is '' now 21 and a senior at Penn State, Marci hopes she will have the opportunity to become a stale FFA officer. But that accomplishment is months away and in the interven ing time, Marci is quite busy repre senting the dairy industry as the Lancaster County Dairy Princess. This responsibility means more days away from the family’s 90-acre farm and its 50 Holsteins. But, her parents’ philosophy is that the family is here for each other. “We work together to meet deadlines,” said Hamish, who began farming while he was still in high school because his father had LANCASTER FORD TRACTOR y at their Manheim farm are Kristen, kneeling; and from left, mom, dad, Marcl, and Greg. a heart condition, “Things were a lot different back then,” Bob said. Then, the family had only IS to 20 cows. When he married Marti, who was from a non-dairy background, she had what she terms an interesting transition. One time, her husband sat her on a tractor to disc a Held. After several hours of discing, she saw an object setting in the middle of the field, and wondered where in the world it came from, oblivi SIGN OF QUALITY UNDER THE LANCASTER FORD TRACTOR, INC. YOUR LANCASTER COUNTY RELIABLES 1655 Rohrerstown Rd. Just Off Route 283 Lancaster. PA 17601 Phone (717) 569-7063 ous to the fact that the culti-packer fell off while she was discing. In those beginning married years, Marti learned to help with the milking. Milk cans were used and the milk needed to be carried from the bam to the milkhouse. Marti was convinced there had to be an easier way. Her husband agreed, and had a dumping station devised without having a tank. “No one else did that,” Hamish said of the set-up that moved the milk from the buckets to six milk cans by vaccum. The set-up had to be watched carefully to prevent overflowing, but it saved time and backs, according to the Hamishes. Daily, the milk needed to be hauled to the Ml Joy Co-op. In 1972, the Hamishes installed a milk tank, and sometime later, a pipeline with six units. These changes made milking so much easier and faster that Marti (Turn to Pago B 7) Quality Ford New Holland Equipment • Lawn & Garden • Farm • Industrial • Skid Loaders • Mowing Equip. • Landscaping Equip.