From wheel hoes, seeders, and cultivators to binders, thrashers, walk-behinds, and spaders, the tools available to modern farmers can be overwhelming. What do you need? What size? Is that rusting cultivator in the neighbor’s field worth refurbishing? What about hay-fueled horsepower? Is it all romance and headache or can using a team be an effective answer to motive power on a small farm?
Presentations will cover hand-, tractor-, and horse-powered equipment, including how to determine the best match between farm, farmer, and tool. Attendees will gain the knowledge needed to make the most of future equipment purchases. In addition, those wishing to look closely at using draft horses on their farm will have the opportunity to work hands-on with an experienced team and teamsters.
Join us Saturday, April 26, 2014, 9:00am to 3:00pm for Tools, Equipment, and Horsepower for the Small Farm: a Practical Look at What Works. Starting location is the Klesick Family Farm Distribution Center, 18826 Marine Dr. Warm Beach, WA. After lunch, we’ll drive to the Klesick Family Farm (nearby) for a closer look at the implements and hands-on with the team.
Cost for the workshop is $50 per person and includes a box lunch. You must register by April 24 to be included. No registrations taken at the farm. To register, visit Tools.BrownPaperTickets.com or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/tools and mail with your check.
About the instructors:
Tristan Klesick and family have been farming in Snohomish County for almost twenty years. A great believer in fitting the tool to the job, Klesick is well-versed in human-, horse- and gas/diesel- powered equipment. Currently, his favorite tool is his new Imants Spading Machine, which is helping Klesick Family Farm improve their soil quality and fertility.
Ray de Vries, aka the Leek King, farms over 100 certified organic acres just outside Mt Vernon, selling into wholesale markets across the U.S. Primarily focused on crops such as leeks, carrots, potatoes, beets, and kale, Ray uses a number of tools and techniques to manage weeds organically and help his crops thrive.
Andy Bary, soil scientist with the WSU Puyallup Research Center helps farmers develop fertility management systems and techniques to improve crop production. Co-inventor of the Supercow Liquid Manure Applicator, Andy has a special passion for the tools and equipment farmers need to work more efficiently and profitably. His presentation focuses on the specialized equipment and tools used by small market gardeners across Europe and other parts of the U.S., many of which are now becoming available here on the West Coast.
Anita, Alastair, Sven and Ole Stone have been working together as a team for over 12 years. During that time, and using the methodology established by Doc Hammill (dochammill.com), Anita and Alastair trained Sven and Ole (Norwegian Fjord horses) to pull wagons, farm implements, and logs. Now settled into a comfortable routine, Sven and Ole are a valuable part of the family, whether working in the field or providing children with saddle rides after work.
For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at 425.357.6039 or e-mail email@example.com. For more information on the workshop, contact Andrew Corbin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.357.6012.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office or to the WSU Center for Human Rights. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (425) 338-2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.
WSU Snohomish County Extension
600 128th St SE
Everett, WA 98208-6353