First Look

Great Farms With Great Shops

Dan Miller
By  Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Image by Rob Lagerstrom

We’re looking for great shops--imaginative, innovative, productive and smart--shops planned for hard work, equipped to make work profitable and full of the ideas that make work efficient.

We’re looking for interesting buildings. We once featured an older building that had collapsed under the weight of a heavy snow before it was restored as a very nice storage and mechanics space. In this issue of The Progressive Farmer, we feature a shop converted from a one-time chicken house (see “Repairs and Kickboxing, on page 36). The maintenance area is only 690 square feet but designed perfectly for small equipment maintenance.

On the other end of the scale, we once toured a 37,500-square-foot Morton Building in North Dakota. It boasted, from front to back, a 125-foot clear span. A 14,500-square-foot Kentucky shop included 7,900 feet of cable to support its technology needs.

We’re most interested in what is going on inside.

What makes your shop great?

How does it make work easier?

What features did you dream up that have paid off big-time?

What is the best idea in your shop?

Tell us about your Great American Shop (send photos), and, if we publish it, we’ll send you a $500 prize.

Send your shop ideas to:

Dan Miller, Senior Editor
The Progressive Farmer
2204 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 415
Birmingham, AL 35209;
phone: 205-613-6088


Dan Miller