Northland Sheep Dairy in Marathon NY are seeking a teamster apprentice for the 2018 season. Northland is the oldest continuously operating sheep dairy in the United States. Their farm operates in a traditional pastoral style, making sheep milk cheeses seasonally from their small flock of 100% grass fed ewes. Their cheeses are truly handmade in small batches from their own raw sheep milk. They use organic lamb rennet and cave age all of their own cheeses. The work on the farm is done with draft horses and mules and they pay homage to these great work partners. They also offer 100% grass fed lamb seasonally and sheepskins and wool products.
To apply for the position or to find out more, contact Donn Hewes by email: email@example.com or phone: 607-849-4442.
The Draft Animal-Power Network are running 3 days of events at the Cornish Fairgrounds NH from September 29th – October 1st. The Draft Animal-Power Network aims to advance the use of draft animals, to promote sustainable land stewardship and to build vibrant communities through year-round educational and networking opportunities that highlight the ongoing efforts of people throughout the region.
The weekends events will begin on Friday, September 29th, with 3 intensive all day workshops which will give participants the opportunity to spend an entire day learning with hands on experience from experienced teamsters. The topics for the workshops include ‘Cultivation and Tillage with Draft Animals’, ‘Growing Your Draft Animal Power Farm’ and ‘Forest to Frame’. Friday evening will end with a square dance with the Bob Boynton Square Dance Band. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be more half day workshops, round-table discussions, music by the bonfire, obstacle courses and teamster challenges and much more!
There are also 20 weekend scholarship places for young teamsters, to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you are interested in attending asap!
To find out more about the weekend’s events and to register click HERE
The GH radio is still on break, so if you need to satiate your weekly hunger for radio stories about farming, let me suggest this great piece by NPR’s the Salt about Natural Roots Farm, a CSA farm in western Massachusetts that uses smart systems, ecological growing techniques, and draft power to create self-reliant farm systems that rely as little on fossil fuels as possible.
Though short, the interview with farmers David Fisher and Anna Maclay touches on the discontent with consumer society that drives many of us into the fields, the idea of right work, and the emotional tolls that perfectionism can have on a farmer’s relationships. In fact, we can’t help but wish that the interview could somehow open up to explore these topics in more depth.
Oh, and breaking news! NPR reports that small-scale vegetable farmers are perfection-seeking idealists.
For young farmers, Tillers is offering scholarships in Alternative Power – how to use draft horses and oxen to power farms more sustainably and productively. These scholarships will fund 60% of tuition for the following classes.
+Draft Horse Basics – April 5-8
+Oxen Basics – June20-24 and August 22-26
+Farming with Horses and Oxen – June 6-10
+Small Grain Harvesting/Processing – July date TBA
The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.
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!
Come participate in a hands-on experience with one of the region’s most wonderful draft animal gurus. Donn Hewes is an experienced teamster and a passionate educator, and loves teaching others how to think like a horse. This is your chance to learn the basics of working with draft horses and mules. Our trainees absolutely LOVE this class!
Sliding Scale Registration $125 to $290 for two days
“The draft horse workshop at Northland was INCREDIBLE. Literally one of the coolest things I’ve ever participated in EVER. Donn is a Master and is so generous with his time and knowledge. Groundswell is opening so many awesome doors…..” Groundswell Trainee, 2011