Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day

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Date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Event Type: 
Family Program
Special Event
Location: Shelburne, VT
Fee: Free with admission to the property

A draft horse renaissance is taking root as people become increasingly interested in sustainable agriculture, renewable forms of energy, traditional farm equipment and practices, and greater connection with the land.  Currently, over one hundred farms in Vermont use animal power.  Join us to celebrate this shift toward the traditional practice of farming with horse-drawn equipment during The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association’s annual field day. 

This year’s field day theme will be wheat production. Meet the farmers who use draft animal power and learn about working horse breeds including Suffolk Punch, Halflinger, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, and Belgian while they demonstrate plowing, seeding, reaping, binding, and threshing of wheat.  A 1910 threshing machine will separate grain from the straw of oats that had previously been harvested with an antique reaper binder pulled by draft horses. 

Kids can plant and thresh wheat by hand, participate in a hay bale race, grind corn, and wish Dudley, Shelburne Farms’ beloved miniature Sicilian Donkey a Happy 30th Birthday! 

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Shelburne Farms by horse and wagon before purchasing lunch prepared by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT).  They will be serving farm fresh salads and flatbread pizzas from their mobile wood-fired oven.  Save room for Dudley’s birthday cake!  Watch a video of the 2011 event here.


Schedule of Events
11:00-11:15………Harnessing Demonstration
11:20-11:40………Plowing Demonstration
11:40-11:55………Disk Harrowing Demonstration
12:00:12:15………Butterworks Farm Talk: Wheat farming in Vermont
12:20-12:30………Manure Spreading Demonstration
12:30-12:40………Help pick up wheat shocks
12:45-1:05………..Reaper Binder Demonstration
1:10-1:40………….Threshing Machine & Stationary Baler
1:45-2:00 …………Dudley’s Birthday Party
2:00………………..Draft Horse Barrel Race

 

  

 

 


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