It’s Autumn Pecco's day off from her part-time job as a neuro nurse and while others might choose to relax with a movie or sit around with a book, she is operating farm equipment to help her husband, Nathan, at one of their soybean fields. A relinquished day off to lend a hand when needed is just one of the ways the Pecco family pulls together to make sure that everything's done that needs to be done.
The support system is the foundation of the Pecco family farm, everyone doing their part and picking up slack wherever needed. Nathan and Autumn Pecco and their two young children, Samantha and Craig, have roughly 1,000 acres of farmland in several counties in Kentucky. Farming is in their blood. Both Nathan’s and Autumn’s families have been farming for generations.
“It’s all I’ve ever known,” says Nathan. Autumn reminisces about her father giving her the job of shoveling the rotten soybeans from the grain bin. “There isn’t a worse smell than rotten soybeans,” she winces.
On the farm at the Pecco residence, 9-year-old Samantha and 5-year-old Craig, along with their mother are in charge of taking care of all the livestock. Under a cowboy hat almost bigger than he is, Craig tackles a string of daily chores like feeding the cattle, sheep, horse and goat, pulling a wagon stacked with hay to different pastures. In addition to Autumn keeping up the daily maintenance of the farm, she and Samantha carry out the many jobs with the prize heifer, getting her ready for the shows in which they compete across the country.
Nathan handles all the crops. During the busiest season, family time together is limited, as Nathan is out working the crops and delivering the harvests.
“It’s widow season,” remarks Autumn. She wishes he were home more but understands it’s all necessary to keep the farm going. As the sun sets on Autumn’s day off, she remarks on the unpredictability of farming and notes that she and Nathan could both get steady 9-to-5 jobs. “We wouldn’t be happy. I couldn’t imagine doing anything except this.”