2010 Northeast Animal-Power Field Days
Friday-Sunday, October 15-17
Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 05077
Dedicated to working draft animals in enterprises that support sustainability of local communities and vital land-based economies
Added August 11, 2010. The Northeast Animal-Power Field Days a clearing-house for educational and operational resources, building networks, and sharing experiences around the many aspects of draft animal-power, sustainable agriculture and local food systems in the Northeast. NEAPFD attracts a large audience each year (800 - 1200 people) including 4-H students, college students, young farmers looking to build skills and find mentors, resource individuals and businesses sharing their knowledge and tools, experienced farmers wanting to adopt new practices, and the veteran teamsters sharing stories and experiences to an enthusiastic audience of men, women, and children. We even draw in curious bystanders from the local community who want to see and learn more about draft animal-power and renewable energy.
The three days will be filled with equipment demonstrations, field and forest intensives, draft animal power workshops, classroom style workshops, networking sessions, local food vendors, farmers market vendors, indoor & outdoor exhibitors, and an equipment swap-meet where used items are bought and sold by attendees.
Theme for 2010 NEAPFD: 'Connecting to the Broad Community of Interest in Draft-Animal Power'
Keynote Speaker: Carl Russell; "Continuity: Passing On Skills"
Event Feature Farmer: Paul Birdsall
Thursday, October 14th will include a community potluck dinner Thursday evening on the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Bring a dish to share and come see old friends and make new ones.
Friday, October 15th will feature field and forest working demonstrations at Howevale Farm, adjacent to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. There will be animal-powered equipment, from current manufacturers and innovators, exhibited and demonstrated in real working situations, with horses, oxen, and mules providing opportunities for attendees to gain intensive exposure; focusing on skills, techniques, and applications of the featured equipment by regional experts. Equipment manufacturers and representatives will also be on hand to answer questions and to highlight design features of their pieces being demonstrated.
Saturday, October 16th will include a midday Keynote Address, recognition of our 2010 Feature Farmer, classroom-style workshops, equipment presentations, draft animal presentations, networking sessions, indoor and outdoor resource exhibits, farmers market vendors, a swap-meet featuring used equipment and supplies for sale, local food vendors, and a raffle-prize drawing in the afternoon.
Sunday, October 17th [FREE ADMISSION DAY] will start off with non-denominational church service at 7 am followed by a Community Meet -The -Teamsters Breakfast and opportunities for one-on-one time with teamsters, exhibitors and equipment dealers. VT Secretary Roger Allbee will give a talk on the History of Vermont Agriculture at 11:00 am followed by the premier annual meeting of the newly formed Draft Animal Power Network.
For more information, go to www.animalpowerfielddays.org or call 802/234-5524