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Second generation farmhand recognized

George Kinch, left, receives the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Hired Hand Award from Bill MacKendrick.
George Kinch, left, receives the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Hired Hand Award from Bill MacKendrick. - Eric McCarthy

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Kent and Lloydia Smallman didn’t just get the land, the buildings and equipment when they took over the family farm from Kent’s father; they got his farm worker.

At the P.E.I. Potato Blossom Festival’s Farmers’ Awards Banquet Friday, George Kinch was named the festival’s Hired Hand of the Year.

Kinch has worked for Kent and Lloydia for 32 years, and for Ellis Smallman before that.

In the nomination, the Smallmans describe Kinch as more than an employee, calling him family. He helps with the daily chores and performs machinery and field work in planting, growing and harvesting seasons.

“He is a team player and a real leader on the farm,” the owners declared, describing him as trustworthy, and very capable of working unsupervised as well as being in charge when owners are away.

“He’s a big part of the operation and is always eager to work and assist others,” the farm owners reported.

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