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Draft Animal-Power Network Annual Gathering: 

Charlestown, NH.
October 7th-9th, 2016


Every other year we host the Annual Gathering in place of our larger DAP Field Days.  This event is smaller and more personal.  Please join us for a fun, educational event focused on our relationships with each other in the draft animal power community.

This year we will gather in Charlestown, NH (15 minutes off of I-91).  Events will be located at an 1828 farmhouse and surrounding lands that we are in the process of restoring to active agricultural use.  We will work together on various homestead projects including plowing, cultivating, forestry, and training.  We hope for some late season hay making and have lots of room for new and returning members to participate with or without their animals.  Forestry will include a look into the pine harvest and land management on this farm, as well as transporting logs to our mill and producing lumber. 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.  Camping, stalls and pasture space available.

The excitement starts as teamsters and members gather Friday afternoon. We plan to offer basic home cooked meals for a donation. There will be a Sat night bonfire to enjoy at the conclusion of the various homestead projects.  On Sunday morning we will be raffling off the newly built logging scoot, enjoy a farm fresh breakfast and have the DAPNet annual meeting. Workshops and work projects will finish up on Sunday afternoon.  A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event.


Forestry Demonstration:

Charlestown, NH.
December 10th, 2016

In this on-site presentation we will discuss and present felling, transport, and milling of timber as planned for the small, draft powered operation. We will have the option to view areas harvested with exclusively with horses and areas harvested with machinery. The cost is  $25.00 per day, with the chance hands on driving practice for an additional $30.00. Lunch available Dinner and movie screening $25.00.

Facilitators: Jay Fisher and TBA horse-logger

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