Seed Farm Hosts Equipment Field Day
Posted: August 1, 2012
“This was really helpful. I am glad I got to try those hand tools before I went out and bought them.” This was just one of many comments shared by the 30 participants of the equipment field day held at the Seed Farm in Emmaus last Wednesday, July 25. The workshop, hosted by The Seed Farm in Collaboration with Penn State Extension Start Farming, gave small-scale vegetable farmers an opportunity to see and try the many hand tools available, in addition to seeders and larger equipment like the Williams tool system and a spader for primary and secondary tillage.
“I am getting one of these!” another participants exclaimed as she tried out the European Push Hoe by removing weeds between rows of onions. The tool did not hurt her shoulders as much as others. However, her farm partner found the opposite to be true. Opportunities such as these at the Seed Farm prevent small-scale farmers already working on tight budgets from spending money on equipment they will not need or like.
The Seed Farm currently has openings for apprentice positions for 2013. For more information, check out the Seed Farm website at www.theseedfarm.org.