Sunday, May 08, 2005

ox driver

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The ox driving class was held yesterday at nearby Garfield 1840 Farm Museum. This is Dick Middleton who led the class. Dick is an expert in this field, and is one of the hundreds of volunteers who make Garfield Farm such a success. He is explaining the basics of driving a team of oxen, which requires a good deal of training and practice. The original owner of this property plowed his fields with a team of oxen - a man can plow about 1 acre in a day. Mechanization, as pictured in the harrowing and planting photos on Friday, allows for plowing and planting hundreds of acres each day. Duke and Doc are resting in the background, before they're yoked up and put to work!

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