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I feel honored
that you chose to visit my website. I want to thank you for stopping
by. I hope that you find it insightful.
I feel a connection to all of my readers and thus, would like to take
this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about me.
With little exception you know me because of my technical writing in
automotive magazines. Cars and especially engines are a big part of
who I am but it is only a piece of me. If a stranger asked what I did
for a living I would state that I am a full-time technical writer in
the automotive/agricultural industry and a part-time farmer. I have
both field dirt and engine grease under my finger nails and I am proud
My wife Charlotte and I live on our farm in northern New Jersey that
has been in my family since 1954 (long before I was born). I am
passionate about agriculture since nothing else connects one more to
our Creator than tilling the soil. It is a bond between mankind and
God that can not be enjoyed anywhere else but in the field. I
respectfully submit that if you do not share this commitment to the
land you will never be able to know my soul. You canít know my soul.
By no means am I a "Gentleman Farmer". When I am not immersed in
engine technology I am either on the tractor or doing one of the never
ending chores that are part of an agrarian existence. Please do not
think of our operation as a hobby farm ----- when I get out in the
field and lower the planter and my own money is going into the ground
at the rate of $40/pound for sweet corn seed... this is serious
The Bohacz farm grows sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and
Hubbard squash along with some eggs from my free-range girls that I
call The Cadets. The blessings of our harvest are sold at a fresh
market road side stand along with some wholesale accounts that we have
We have almost 100 acres, but only about 20 acres are tillable. A
part of the farm is also registered with the NRCS (Natural Resources
Conservation Service) as a Stewardship Forest. I am also involved with
many other conservation programs such as pollinator habitat
restoration. We also embrace modern environmentally sound farming
practices such as no-till planting of our corn crop along with the use
of cover crops in the off-season. This year I planted a four-way mix
of cereal rye, red clover, crimson clover and deep tillage radish. I
grid soil sample and I am very proud to tell you that over the last
five years through these practices the tilth and health of the soil
has increased dramatically.
Though it is not a large farm the 80 acres of forest and pastures
means that our place is teaming with wildlife and that is a blessing.
You see, my true love is for animals of all kind. If it has four legs,
wings, crawls, hops or any other form of locomotion it is welcome at
The other part of who I am is a patriot. The message on my
answering machine states that America needs a return to God, duty and
honor. I believe with my whole heart that America is exceptional and
its existence is divine providence.
If it were possible my blood would run red, white and blue.
In two places on our property the American and POW-MIA flags fly
high and proud. I would never have it any other way.
I am also Mr. Buy American. To me there is no pride of ownership in
anything that is not from here. I have nothing against any other
country; let them buy their own stuff and we will keep our jobs here.
Few understand that America has never looked to export her way to
prosperity where as the rest of the world has looked to do that to us.
A society cannot "import" itself to wealth and greatness.
I am also a brother to a sister and a husband to my wife. I know
Charlotte for 20 plus years now and she has been a blessing to my
life. We met on a blind date and the rest is history. She is a
dedicated and wonderful elementary school teacher. Over the years she
has had as she says, "thousands of children", so we have none of our
We are very active in our very small country church, the one we got
married in. I am also a Lay Speaker in the church. I have delivered
about 40 sermons, one wedding (not the legal aspect but the spiritual
side) and sadly one funeral service.
As you would glean my political affiliation is Conservative. I often
say that my needle is so far to the right that it is bent!
I hold hard work, honesty and earning what you have in high esteem. I
do not believe in handouts nor would I ever take any.
Well by this time you have made up your mind. If anything about me
offends you I am sorry but I do not change to match the winds of
society. If you share most of my passions then I ask you to please let
May God bless America, our troops and you.
Letís Meet At Field Day!
If you eat
then you are involved in agriculture and the Ag PhD Field Day is for
you! It takes place on Thursday July 28th, 2016 in Baltic, South Dakota
at the family farm of Brian and Darren Hefty, the creators and hosts of
the Ag PhD TV and radio shows.
This one day event is free and will be an educational and fun experience
for everyone from the urban dweller that wants to learn the TRUTH about
crop production to the most dynamic and successful farmers and
My wife Charlotte and I will be there and we hope that you will too.
Please link on to the Ag PhD website (
www.agphd.com ) to find out more and to register for the 2016 Field
Day. If you do plan on attending please send me an e-mail
(firstname.lastname@example.org ) with your contact information and we
can arrange to meet, shake hands and discuss engines and farming.
I hope to see you there. It truly is a wonderful and educational day
that will pay dividends for years to come.
may know Ray from his engine performance articles, but did you know that
Ray is a farmer?
know Ray through his technical writings and speaking engagements in the
automotive/classic car arena, some may be surprised to learn that Ray is
also a "part time farmer" and has successfully operated a family farming
business for the past twenty two years.
Having great interest and respect for both fields of study, Ray enjoys
being involved with Successful Farming magazine and their sister
publication Ageless Iron Almanac.... the premier antique tractor
Click on banner above for "Successful Farming"
Click on banner above for "Ageless
Successful Farming is a monthly magazine that "Yields a bounty of ideas
and advice for families that make ranching and farming their business."
When asked about this involvement with Meredith Publishing, Ray responded,
am very excited to be able to bring my long time interest of mechanical
technology and my love and respect of farming together to provide
technical contributions to Successful Farming."
If you have an agricultural engine question, please contact me at
below for more information
as the Successful Farming Magazine Engine Man
Engines on the Successful Farming Machinery Show
...as featured in Hemmings Muscle Machines:
are great, the thrill of driving is unmatched, but the stories
behind the surface gleam are what counts..."
Spotlight on a
previously featured article from Hemmings Muscle Machines
"Honoring Their Memories"
Reading: Previously Featured "Bohacz" Columns:
The Misinformation Age
Endangered Species Act
more on the way...
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update on Ray's Escort...
Here's one from the
archives of Ray making a pass at Raceway Park - Englishtown, NJ
sometime in the early 90's.
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