2016 DAPNET EVENTS
Beginning Teamster Workshop: New Concord, NY
May 14th & 15th, 2016
This hands-on workshop emphasizes safety, understanding how and why horses work for people. We will introduce basic skills needed to harness and drive a single or team of horses. This will include safe methods for hooking to a cart and skidding logs or poles. $125 for the full two day workshop, or $25 for auditors.
Facilitators: Sue Brennan & Donn Hewes
Hartland, VT July 9th, 2016
This is a workshop on how to create a cropping and cultivation systems on a horse powered farm, with demonstrations, consultation, and the opportunity for hand on practice. We’ll demonstrate the New 4 McCormick-Deering cultivator—which includes using the tool to mark rows, plant, hill, and cultivate. We can also say that various strategies for organic weed control will be discussed and single horse cultivation with a walk-behind cultivator will be demonstrated. $35 for the full demo-day and $35 extra for hands-on practice with a teamster. Facilitator: Stephen Leslie
Horse Powered Hay Making Demonstration: Marathon, NY
August 6th & 7th, 2016
This two-day event will focus on making hay with horses. The first day is a hands-on mowing workshop. This workshop will be limited to six people, and participants will learn how to run horse drawn mowers. Basic teamster skills are required.
Day two is a haymaking demonstration. We will demonstrate tools used in the production of high quality hay made with draft animal power. We will focus on second cutting hay made from grazing land.
Facilitators: Donn Hewes & Emily Landeck
Draft Animal-Power Network Annual Gathering: Charlestown, NH
October 7th-9th, 2016
We will host plowing, cultivating, forestry, and training. He hope for hay making and have lots of room for new and returning members to drive. Events will be located at an 1828 farmhouse and surrounding lands that we are in the process of restoring to active agricultural use. Forestry will involve bringing logs to our mill and producing lumber. If folks are interested a set of “Game of Logging” classes can be arranged as a pre-Gathering workshop. Plowing, cultivating, and haying will all happen on the farmstead. All activities are close together. There’s an outdoor riding ring and miles of trails and good roads to drive on. Maybe teamsters will want to tackle our own rubicon trail type course.
We will be auctioning off a logging scoot at the Annual Gathering, and will have our annual meeting. There will be a Sat night bonfire to enjoy with friends
We will also be putting together a multi-horse hitch to move a small timber frame structure – a unique event. Camping is possible. We plan to offer basic meals for donation. This information will be updated as the event date gets closer.
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