The mods deleted the first thread, griping that it was a fund raising plea. Not my intention. Just to clear it up: I am not affiliated with Melo Farms; well, I am a happy customer.
Melo Farms is one of the few nearby farm:table sources for pasture raised pork and chicken. It seems that their business model did not include a rainy day fund sufficient to cover the cost of replacing their olde:broken tractor.
Metro Times sums up their situation: