Rural Heritage Reading Room

Above: Rural Heritage February−March 2018 Cover: Tim Chriustopher and Frank Burkdoll pulling firewood with their mules.

Rural Heritage is a bimonthly
journal in support of farming
and logging with draft horses,
mules, and oxen. The February/March18 issue was mailed to subscribers on January 27, 2018. Below is this issue’s annotated Table of Contents, with a link to a full feature article to showcase the good reading delivered to your door every other month when you
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If, in your reading, you run across
a drafty word you don't recognize,
consult our online Draft Dictionary.

Table of Contents
Publisher's Post
On his 10th anniversary as publisher of Rural Heritage Joe shares the story of how he and his wife Susan got where they are today. And, he shares hisHaiti travel plans.
J.C. Allen Archives

Vintage photos of rural life by renouned photographer JC Allen including photos ofcutting rape with a scythe, cutting oats with four mules, picking up corn with a draft horse team, and a young boyt delivering water with his pony.

Lynn Miller's
Art of Working Horses
Selections from our extensive catalog of books and videos
on draft animal farming, logging, self-sufficient living
and much more.
Associations and Breeders Directory

(contacts for breed registries and regional draft clubs)

My Card & Classified Ads
(frequently updated online)

(please tell ‘em you saw it in Rural Heritage)

draft animal care advice
Brandt Ainsworth with his first team of oxen in the woods skidding out some firewood. "This was my first day in the woods with oxen and the first I realized the true genius of their simplicity."
The New Genius

Teamster Brandt Ainsworth prefers things simple, especially when it comes to his horses.  He received his best advice from his father Earl and shares Earl’s wisdom with us.

Compost and Clover− − − click on title to read this story in full.

With little budget to improve the poor soil on his new farm, Ralph Rice used compost, clover and extensive mowing .  25 years later, the same practices continue to provide fertility to the soil.  Read about Ralph’s methods and what he has changed over the years.

grazing horses
This picture shows our horses grazing lush grass in October, long after most pastures on farms are depleted.


deer fence
Deer Damage Prevention

Keeping deer out of your market garden can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. The Nordells have a Gallagher-Springtight sloped fence that has worked for years. This article shows you how to build one with drawings, materials and design options.

Tillage and Soil Mangement

Another in our series of reprints from Farm Knowledge, Sears and Roebuck 1918. This extensive chapter on tillage includes very detailed information on plows, harrows, cultivators and rollers and crushers.  Information on best practices for every type of soil, conditions and equipment are presented.  This is a goldmine of information!



hay feeder
This photo shows the way Ralph built the openings in the manger. Also visible is some of the bracing and supports.
All Season Hay Feeder

Warm winter temperatures caused Ralph Rice to design a hay feeder for his cattle that keeps them, and him, out of the mud.  He gives us great detail of the construction of the slab, structure, manger and extras.  Ralph also explains his feeding and manure management plans.  Explanatory photos accompany the story.

mini donkeys at work
Eve and Pepper stand quietly as Jason tops off a load of logs to haul to the road.
A Year in a Farm's Life: Winter to Spring

First in her series:  Katrina Julian chronicles winter work and activities on the Julian Dairy Farm and Legacy Horse Logging. She owns with her husband Jason.  Winter is mainly filled with Jason’s  horse logging work, milking, care of the heard, and various farm projects.  This past winter he was contracted to transport cell tower equipment with his horses that traditional equipment could not access.

antique plows
Pawpaws are at their peak of ripeness when they fall from the tree and start to turn brown, and soft, similar to an overripe banana.
The Pawpaw Patch

Our largest native fruit in North America is returning to the spotlight.

Hazel Freeman recounts the history of the pawpaw in the US as well as it’s attributes.  She introduces us to a couple pawpaw growers and tells us of the state of the fruit today and why we should try it, on our properties as well as our tables.  An excellent list of resources follow the article.








2017 DAP Field Days

The 10th anniversary of Draft Animal power Network was celebrated in October with their bi-annual Field Day. Three days of demonstrations and workshops on horse logging, woodlot management, animal powered vegetable farming equipment, basics of harnessing and driving, and much more.  A blacksmith shop and tool museum were open, stoneboats were constructed as well as a timber frame.  The weekend concluded with a benefit auction.

dap field days 2017
Bill West guides his Suffolk geldings to successfully parbuckle a log onto the scoot during the Sunday morning obstacle course at DAP Field Days..
An Alaskan Perspective on DAPFD

Christina Castellanos’ experience at two DAPFDs has provided her valuable experience for her own draft animal powered farm in Alaska.  Her experience there and the friendships she has developed have helped to make her farming and logging dreams come true.

draft horse team
Christina Castellanos steers a straddle row cultivator behind Stephen Leslie's Fjord team. Stephen is pictured at the right. At DAP Field Day 2017.
Etymological Origin of “Gee” and “Haw”

Kevin gets advice from many teamsters on the use of "Gee" and "Haw" for communicating with his horses.   The origins of these commands is explained by the website journal Words to the Wise and reprinted here.

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