After six generations, the family farm is now in the hands of Jason Burns.
“Get on a tractor out there with me, and watch a Kansas sunset with me at harvest during wheat hours on a combine where you’re about 15 feet up in the air. I’ve been to a lot of places that can’t match that.”
As he breaks up the land to prep it for planting corn, he admits his mind often wanders — sometimes even writing music aloud.
“I try to challenge myself daily to either become a better man or learn something new that I didn’t know before, and that’s what keeps me going.”
After a day of tending what’s on the ground, Jason turns his attention toward the stars.
That’s right, in Jason’s backyard is his very own observatory.
He calls it his hideout, but with he and his wife homeschooling their seven kids, it’s become a hub for education in exploration.
“This thing’s gonna go hunt us a galaxy.”
Using his telescope as a camera lens, it’s where he captures jaw-dropping images of the heavens. like farming, each snapshot of the sky requires patience. it can take up to a few hours to properly document the great beyond.
“I don’t think we can fathom just how massive space is out there really. We’re actually recording history, those photons are ancient. They took a very long time to come here.
As he waits for their arrival, Jason takes those melodies he sings during the day, and brings them to life.
For the “Astro-farmer,” exploration is about more than organizing chaos. It’s an opportunity to witness something spectacular, something that happened light years before Jason’s family even had a farm, and begin to understand our own coordinates in the universe.
“I think if we all go living life the way we’re supposed to, or the way our parents say we’re supposed to, sometimes we’ll live without discovering who we are or what we’re capable of.”