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farming with draft animals scholarship

Tillers International

For young farmers, Tillers is offering scholarships in Alternative Power – how to use draft horses and oxen to power farms more sustainably and productively.  These scholarships will fund 60% of tuition for the following classes.

  • +Draft Horse Basics – April 5-8
  • +Oxen Basics – June20-24 and August 22-26
  • +Farming with Horses and Oxen – June 6-10
  • +Small Grain Harvesting/Processing – July date TBA
  • +Small Scale Haymaking – August Date TBA

Contact Ryan DeRamus at Tillers for further information:   269-626-0223


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new single horse implement

We’re happy to help spread the word about this new tool!  For all you fans of draft power.

Anny’s All in One
This multi-purpose implement is based on a french design, but Ann of Siri and Holmberg [ ] designed it to improve it for use with a single draft animal or smaller team. One of the key features is for the tool work off-center of draft; meaning your animal can walk between the crop rows while the tool works in the crop row.  This would be useful in hilling or harvesting potatoes or even setting up planting beds.
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horsepower workshop

More details are available on our website ( ).

If you would like to discuss the workshop with Doc personally or have questions, please contact him by email ( ) or phone (406-250-8252).

For registration, or questions regarding lodging and on-site farm meals, please contact Gloria Decatur at (707) 983-8196 or

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moooooove along

On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns from NY Times
By TESS TAYLOR Published: May 3, 2011

ON a sunny Sunday just before the vernal equinox, Rich Ciotola set out to clear a pasture strewn with fallen wood. The just-thawed field was spongy, with grass sprouting under tangled branches. Late March and early April are farm-prep time here in the Berkshires, time to gear up for the growing season. But while many farms were oiling and gassing up tractors, Mr. Ciotola was setting out to prepare a pasture using a tool so old it seems almost revolutionary: a team of oxen. Continue reading