Jim and Linda
James and Linda Brown, the owners and operators of Farmer Browns Plow Shop, got married in 1969. Their business is rooted by five generations of experience. Linda’s father, Fred Wolfer who has been working in horse logging business in the 1940’s. He gave Jim and Linda a horse to use on their new farm in 1975. “When Jim got his first horse, that’s when he envisioned a dream,” said Linda. ” I thought he was out of his mind, and so did everybody else. “Little did I know that it would grow to be the business that it is today.”
Jim and Linda Brown, the owners and operators of Farmer Brown’s Plow Shop, got married in 1969. Their business is rooted in five generations of experience. Linda’s father, Fred, who has been working in horse logging since the 1940s.He gave Jim and Linda a horse to use on their new farm in 1975. “When Jim got his first horse, that’s when he envisioned a dream,” said Linda. “I thought he was out of his mind, and so did everybody else. Little did I know that it would grow to be the business that it is today.”
Settling in Hunt, NY Jim and Linda first began in dairying, milking 25 cows, while raising two children. ” Dairy farming taught us how to live on nothing, because we didn’t have a lot, said Jim. ” The horses provided extra income. They had to pay their own way for us to survive.” At this time the Browns also decided to work as family care providers for the state of New York. For 20 years, the family hosted as many as five individuals at a time and worked with more the twenty people in need. “Family Care taught us how to work with people, because we worked with so many.” said Jim. This experience helped cultivate Jim and Linda’s interests in teaching, which soon became on even bigger part of their lives.
Jim & Linda Brown
Growing the Business
Jim & Linda Brown
The logging began with Jim skidding firewood in a nearby pasture. He learned the skills he needed through trial and error and patient advice from Linda’s Father. Jim’s interest in plowing took off in 1976, when he did a demonstration in Caledonia, NY at “Old Fashioned Days.” This experience was a springboard of teaching and clinics at our farm. At the events Jim would take time to teach all that had a interest in plowing with horses. Along the way Jim and Linda set up a website to sell plow handles and horse drawn equipment. During this time he started building his Farmer Browns Logging arches or skid carts.
Jim has traveled as far west as Idaho as far South as Georgia and as far east as the New England States and north to Canada. He has plowed in as many as 20 states. We have had as many as 100 horses teaching and training to be sold as a team ready to go to work. He learned to shoe his own horses.
We have moved to Tunkhannock PA in 2013. Continue to keep our business going. Came here to be closer to our daughter and grandsons and currently teaching them how to work their farm.
Jim is busy building his logging arches and Linda continues to work at the shop sending handles out to customers.
Jim & Linda Brown
Logging has tapered off and he spends his time
building his logging carts and selling plow handles.
He enjoys helping people that want to learn and answering
questions by phone when they need help’
If you have the desire, you’re willing to work, and you have the right guidance, you will succeed.”
Farmer Jim Brown prepares for the Angelica County Fair with horse Earl. Angelica, NY, 1976.
Jim with his first horse, Buck , at the County
Fair in Angelica, NY. 1976
Grandpa Fred, Jim Brown and son Jimmy.
Centerville, NY, circa 1988.
Grandpa Fred, Jim Brown and son Jimmy. Centerville, NY, circa 1988.