100 volunteers come together to harvest 1,000 acres of crops after Iowa family loses son: “Keeping the legacy”

Amy Christie

100 members of a closely-knit community in Iowa came together to help harvest the crops left behind after a tragic death.

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Cole Vanatta was in charge of over 2,000 acres of land just south of Tabor, Iowa, and he took care of the crops helped by his father and grandfather, according to The Epoch Times.

Unfortunately, the man was injured while farming and died at 36, leaving behind his wife and 3 kids.

“He and his father, Tom, 62, and his grandfather Wayne, 93, all still worked together; it’s a family farm. They were just getting ready for harvest, they were prepping the land, they were prepping the equipment, and the accident happened,” Daniel Morse, his brother-in-law, shared with the outlet.

Morse explained that the accident took place while trimming trees for farm machinery when a tree limb snagged.

“Something that they take for granted, they do all the time, just went incredibly wrong that day,” Morse added.

The community gathered to pay their respects to the grieving family. And they did it in the most fitting way. They rounded up help to harvest the corn and soybeans that Vanatta had tended to.

“A local farmer—a neighbor and a friend of ours—put a simple post on Facebook and said, ‘Hey, we’re going to get together, we’re going to honor Cole one last time. Even if they weren’t able to work in the field, they came in, they helped move stuff around, they dropped food off, they moved fuel barrels. We had one person because it was cold in the morning, just run in and get new propane bottles, so we could run heaters. Everybody helped in whatever way they could,” the brother-in-law said, marveling at the amazing tribute received.

Morse’s kids also helped out and he is convinced this experience will teach them that there are “things bigger than yourself.”

His family was everything for Vanatta. He was a polite man, as his brother-in-law recalls, who would do anything he could to help those in need. He was also gifted with being able to fix almost anything wrong with engines.

“He spent his whole life working the land and trying to build something for his family, to keep a legacy that he had going, and pass that on to the next generation,” Morse concluded.

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