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Hines makes his own breaks at age 19

You wouldn't think a guy sporting a colorful arm cast would have such a serious outlook on life -- especially since he broke his arm and shoulder while riding a dirt bike. But 19-year-old Brenton Hines throws himself into whatever he is doing -- work or play.

"I wouldn't consider myself a daredevil," he told The Produce News. "But maybe other people would. It's an adrenaline rush. I like anything that goes fast."

Although his love of dirt biking was hampered earlier in the summer by his injury, he has been itching to get back on the bike and scream through the dirt hills at Colorado's Grand Mesa, the place where he and his friends satisfy their need for speed.

He is the fourth generation in the Hines family to farm in Delta, CO. His grandfather Jerry and father, Brent, are the men who served as his role models and earned his deep respect. They cultivated more than their signature sweet corn and onions. They cultivated a love of the land seldom found in one so young.

Mr. Hines, who bit the dust in the accident to avoid a collision with "a young kid," has been making other split-second decisions that might puzzle others but have served him well.

During his first year at Mesabi Range Community & Technical College in Virginia, MN, Mr. Hines made another of those life-altering, or in his case life-affirming, decisions: to do the work he loves best: farm. He had been a wide receiver on the football team at Delta High School and as a senior nearly made it to All-State. "I went to [Mesabi] because of the football team," he said. But when the temperatures plummeted to minus-40 degrees, Mother Nature gave him a friendly nudge. "It was just too far away and just too cold," he laughed.

The journey that started for Mr. Hines at the age of 5 atop the family tractor has come full circle. "Dad gave me 150 acres," he said. "I've always loved farming. I'm just glad to have stuff to do. I'd rather be doing this than sitting around.

Today, he is working the acreage in sweet corn, field corn and pinto beans. "I know I can make it farming," he said with confidence. But he chuckled a little and added, "I just hope my crops are still growing and I'm not getting in too much trouble."

As a child, he said that he cried if he had to stay indoors. So, predictably, during his down time, there is only one place to go. "I'd rather be outside than inside any day," he said. Mr. Hines is a true outdoorsman, loving camping and fishing in Colorado's breathtaking countryside.

He is already looking toward the future, intending to acquire more land to farm. He has also been building a life with his sweetheart, Ariel Holverson, whose grandfather produced hay in Delta. "We'll be getting married in the near future," he said.