Martijn van Middelkoop
"I am Martijn van Middelkoop and I worked for Diamond J Farms from April until November 2011. I always wanted to work in the US, to see the country but more to experience the farming and the farm machines that are being used in the US. I choose California because everything is huge, the farms, the machines and the crops. And just as important: the weather is really nice!
I started working for Diamond J Farms just before the wheat season in 2011. And I always wanted to drive a chopper for a longer period. During my second day in California I was already operating the chopper, and that’s is what I wanted! Besides chopping wheat, alfalfa I also chopped corn. Back home in the Netherlands it’s always cold and wet when corn is harvested. And here in California it was sometimes more than 100 °F(about 40 °C) when we where harvesting corn. That’s totally the other world.
Besides chopping there is more: swathing, cultivating, planting, manure spreading and many other things. I did everything. Besides all the work on the fields I also helped maintaining tractors, swathers, choppers and the implements used for farming.
Next to working there was also time for a road trip through the West coast of the US. I saw several nationals parks, including Yosemite national park and the Grand Canyon. The beach of course, San Francisco, Alcatraz, Los Angeles and of course Las Vegas and more!
I learned a lot and it was nice to work for Diamond J Farms.
Thanks for everything Wiebren, Luciana and the rest of the team!!!"