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A look back at tried and true advice from over 30 years of Rural Heritage featuring: winning a bet, watering horses in winter, foal hoof care, collecting horse brasses, castrating colts and measuring horsepower.
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Jay and Ann Fisher and their two Percherons take on a big job in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Read about their two days removing a hurricane damaged bridge on Hell Brook. It is quite the tale.
Among many things, Larry Cooper is an expert on scythes. Here he tells us all about their history and the reasons to use them, along with who is making them and using them today.
After years of work, TW Scoggin finally designs the perfect trellis for tomatoes using metal T-posts and hog panels. Check out his thorough instruction for this DIY project.
Jenifer Morrissey gives us a history of watercraft powered by horses. She includes some wonderful vintage photographs as well as photos of models.
The Dekalb County Draft Horse Club started in the early 1930's and has gone through many phases. Their focus is now on promoting and educating people about the draft horse. Read about all the events they take part in along with a museum run by its members.
At Cedar Mountain Farm in Vermont, Stephel Leslie tells us how he uses his propagation house and high tunnels in his CSA market garden business. Each has its own specific utility.
Biological woodsman Jason Rutledge explains how a careful choice of words defines his work of restorative forestry. He constrasts his philosophy with that of traditional loggers.
Diaries of her great-great grandparents' trip to the midwest in 1899 inspires Jenifer Morrissey to do some reserarch on horse drawn vehicles in that day and age. She tells us about the rise of the trade in the industrialized midwest as well as other interesting activities her relatives experienced during their trip.
Scoggins takes us to the last step in his corn growing process. He tells us how he chooses the seed for next year, harvests and take the corn to the mill to be ground into corn meal and grits.
A complete step-by-step instruction on making your own hay rake. Once you make one, you may get hooked!
Read about Dayton O. Hyde, veteran, natrualist, rodeo photographer, cowboy, rancher, author, conservationist - and his lifelong passion. He created the Wild Horse Sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota became his passoin at 62 and, at 91, he is still involved. This is a man to ispire us all!
This group's annual gathering included logging, collecting hay and plowing parcels on a 1828 farm in Vermont. Presentations on "Retraining the Unused Horse" and "Wrecks and Runaways" also educated the attendees. As you can see from the photo below, it was a beautiful day!