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Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: FREE with admission to the farm, wagon rides available $8/person

A draft horse renaissance is taking root as people become increasingly interested in sustainable agriculture, renewable forms of energy, traditional farm equipment and practices, and greater connection with the land. Currently, over one hundred farms in Vermont use animal power. Join us to celebrate this shift toward the traditional practice of farming with horse-drawn equipment during The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association’s (link is external) annual field day.

This year’s field day theme will be wheat production. Meet the farmers who use draft animal power and learn about working horse breeds including Suffolk Punch, Halflinger, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, and Belgian while they demonstrate plowing, seeding, reaping, binding, and threshing of wheat. A 1910 threshing machine will separate grain from the straw of oats that had previously been harvested with an antique reaper binder pulled by draft horses.

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms at 802-985-8686 or for more information or with any questions.

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