2010 Northeast Animal-Power Field Days

Friday-Sunday, October 15-17

Tunbridge Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, VT 05077


Dedicated to working draft animals in enterprises that support sustainability of  local communities and vital land-based economies

2010NEAPFDPOSTER_300pxWelcome to the home page of the 4th Annual Northeast Animal-Power Field Days (NEAPFD). Our annual event has become a clearing-house for educational and operational resources, building networks, and sharing experiences around the many aspects of draft animal-power, sustainable agriculture and local food systems in the Northeast.  NEAPFD attracts a large audience each year (800 – 1200 people) including 4-H students, college students, young farmers looking to build skills and find mentors, resource individuals and businesses sharing their knowledge and tools, experienced farmers wanting to adopt new practices, and the veteran teamsters sharing stories and experiences to an enthusiastic audience of men, women, and children. We even draw in curious bystanders from the local community who want to see and learn more about draft animal-power and renewable energy.

The three days will be filled with equipment demonstrations, field and forest intensives, draft animal power workshops, classroom style workshops, networking sessions, local food vendors, farmers market vendors, indoor & outdoor exhibitors, and an equipment swap-meet where used items are bought and sold by attendees.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

NEW! Our 2010 Program/Resource Booklet is available for download! Click here to go to the ‘detailed schedule’ page where  you can download the PDF’s.

Quick Overview:

Theme for 2010 NEAPFD: ‘Connecting to the Broad Community of Interest in Draft-Animal Power’

Our Keynote Speaker (Saturday at 1:30): Carl Russell; “Continuity: Passing On Skills”

Event Feature Farmer: Paul Birdsall,  (See Video)

Thursday we will have a community potluck dinner Thursday evening on the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. Bring a dish to share and come see old friends and make new ones.

Friday will feature field and forest working demonstrations at Howevale Farm, adjacent to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds. There will be animal-powered equipment, from current manufacturers and innovators, exhibited and demonstrated in real working situations, with horses, oxen, and mules providing opportunities for attendees to gain intensive exposure; focusing on skills, techniques, and applications of the featured equipment by regional experts. Equipment manufacturers and representatives will also be on hand to answer questions and to highlight design features of their pieces being demonstrated.

Saturday will include a midday Keynote Address, recognition of our 2010 Feature Farmer, classroom-style workshops, equipment presentations, draft animal presentations, networking sessions, indoor and outdoor resource exhibits, farmers market vendors, a swap-meet featuring used equipment and supplies for sale, local food vendors, and a raffle-prize drawing in the afternoon.

Sunday [FREE ADMISSION DAY] will start off with non-denominational church service at 7 am followed by a Community Meet -The -Teamsters Breakfast and opportunities for one-on-one time with teamsters, exhibitors and equipment dealers. VT Secretary Roger Allbee will give a talk on the History of Vermont Agriculture at 11:00 am followed by the premier annual meeting of the newly formed Draft Animal Power Network.

We will be posting more details as they take shape. Thank you.

Become a Volunteer! Please contact Jennifer Megyesi, our Volunteer Coordinator.

Interested in supporting our event? Contact us: Lmccrory@hughes.net or visit our pages describing sponsor/exhibitor opportunities, advertising in our free spins Program/Resource Booklet and becoming a member of the Draft Animal-Power Network.