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Draft Animal-Power Field Days

Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

September 24 – 27, 2015


Planning is in full swing for the 2015 DAPFD four-day program including all the workshops, equipment demos, presentations and networking you have come to expect!


Thursday All Day Intensive Workshops

These four workshops will give participants a chance to spend the whole day in a small group, learning from experienced teamsters and gaining some hands on experience.

Beginning Teamsters

Beginning with Oxen

Draft Animal Powered Forestry

Train the Trainer

The fee for these workshops also includes a weekend pass to the event. By pre-registration only.  Participant Fee $120     Apprentice Fee $100

Contact Donn Hewes to Register:


Friday & Saturday Programing

Working Oxen, Horses & Mules in Practical Application

A full schedule of training workshops, equipment demos, educational presentations, round table discussions, networking opportunities, haying, plowing, cultivating, forestry & More!

Come see working draft animals in action, visit our vendors and have some great family fun!

Day Admission:  $15     Weekend Pass:  $25

Under 16 & Over 65:  Free


Sunday Activities

Draft Animal-Power Network Annual Meeting

Obstacle Course Challenge

Ice Cream Social


Would you like to be involved in the DAPFD Event?

It takes a lot of people and resources to present an event of this size!

We invite you to join us as a presenter, vendor, exhibitor or volunteer!

If you are interested in more information or would like to make a sponsorship donation,

please contact Emily Langer at or 860-942-4955.


2015 Fundraiser: Foal Raffle

Would you pay $3 for a registered Suffolk Punch foal? Well, okay, let’s rephrase that… Would you pay $3 for a chance to win a registered Suffolk Punch foal?

Get your tickets now! DAPNet’s 2015 fundraiser is in full swing and we invite you to join us.

John Hammond and North Star Livery are donating a 2015 foal for the raffle, which will be held at the Draft Animal-Power Field Days in September.

Once the foal is weaned it will go to Neal & Rebekah Perry for a few weeks of handling and baby training, then it will be at the Field Days to meet it’s new owner! The winner need not be present to win, but we hope you will be there to meet the foal!

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culti05                                                  Fair Winds Farm

Celebrating 34 years of diversified, horse-powered family farming.

Fair Winds Farm is a 42 acre diversified, horse powered, family operated  farm. We work together with our horses, chickens, sheep, goats, turkeys, pigs and perennial and vegetable gardens to feed ourselves and our community. Jay and Janet run the farm business with the help of many others, including: daughter Erica and family (Jason, Jonas and Margaret), son Reuben, and friends Mary-Diane, John and Joe. Through the participation of each of these minds and bodies, the farm evolves to suit its farmers. We thank each for their contributions and welcome you to come and visit. Link to events & workshop calendar: _____________________________________________________________

Sanborn Mills FARM

Workshop 2015 General Information

Over the years we have offered workshops, demonstrations and events  in the following areas at various times..

Traditional Blacksmithing for Beginners & Intermediate Smiths Jigs for Blacksmithing Forge Welding with Coal Spinning Introductory Tinsmithing

Stone Wall Building Traditional Timber Harvest Timber Framing Historic Preservation Internships

Oxen Basics for the Teamster and Team Logging with Oxen Logging with Horses Logging with Draft Animals Workhorse Management (The Smooth Side to the Horse) Breaking Ground for Planting with Mules

Water-Powered Sawmill Demonstrations & Farm Tours Barn Raisings Corn Husking & Barn Dance

How to Reach Us:

Colin and Paula Cabot 7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307 Telephone: (603) 435-7314    email:

Our workshops are small, so reserve a place early.  We have four student forges for Black smithing.  Tin smithing is limited to eight.  Spinning is limited to six.  Workshops generally cost around $125 – $150 per day depending on whether meals are included.  Accommodation is $40 per night. Some materials may cost extra, too. Please tell us if you’re interested in a particular workshop and we’ll arrange a schedule to fit yours.  Simply call us or e-mail us to tell us your time preference and we’ll coordinate your availability with that of others in order to fill up classes.