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DAPNet Annual Gathering 2014!    

Sept 26-28th at the Cumminngton Fairgrounds in Cummington MA.

The Annual Gathering will feature horse, mule and oxen demonstrations, shared meals and farmer-to-farmer conversations, a mower raffle and much more. Sign Up Now!

For ticket prices, and to sign up now for an early discount please see our Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014.

Volunteer and get free admission!  We need your help!

 We are looking for volunteers to help cook, play music, direct participants and more.  Meals will also be included for additional volunteer hours.  Contact Karen Pettinelli at

Vendor?  Interested in holding a booth at the Annual Gathering?  Please see our Vendor Registration Form and contact Karen Pettinelli at


Event details (more following):

Friday, September 26th – Check-in and registration, 5-7pm, 7pm Potluck Dinner

Saturday, September 27th – Meals, workshops, music and more, 8am – 9pm

Sunday September 28th – Brunch, workshop, DAPNet Annual Meeting, 8am – 1pm

Camping and RV options available for the weekend.  Please see Annual Gathering Pre-Registration Form 2014 for more details.


Carl Russel’s Biological Woodsmen Workshop!

Sept 3 – 6th, 2014

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Please contact Carl Russel at  for more details.



NOFA-NH Draft Power Equipment for Specialty Crop Growers

Event Time & Price

Date Sep 7, 2014
Time 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Price $10

Event Location

Hillside Springs Farm
32 Comerford Road
Westmoreland NH 03467

Participants will get to practice hooking up equipment and working a team of horses!



Groundswell Draft Animal Practicum: Introduction to Working with Draft Animals

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 20-21, 9 AM – 3PM

Instructor: Donn Hewes

Location: Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY

Tuition: Sliding scale, $125 to $290 for two days

To register send email to or call 607-319-5095

What participants will learn:

  • Why farm with horses and mules?
  • How horses relate to horses; how we can use that to provide leadership
  • Working safely with horses
  • Using lines to drive horses
  • Harnessing horses and mules for work
  • Hooking to equipment
  • Using one or two draft animals to move logs
  • Driving a wheeled vehicle
  • Economics of farming with horses and mules


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Draft Horse Track 2014 NOFA Summer Conference

August 9th

Workshops for beginners.



16th World Percheron Congress
Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds
West Springfield, MA 
October 6-11, 2014 ________________________________________________________ _____________________

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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 2014 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.