Animal-powered farming techniques travel world
Updated: Friday, April 5 2013, 08:57 AM EDT
SCOTTS, Mich. (AP) - The art of working with draft horses was taught this week at a Scotts farm that has become known worldwide for promoting animal power.
The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that Duane Westrate of the nonprofit Tillers International was teaching six interns and two guests the basics of draft horse handling, hitching and driving. Tillers promotes the use of draft horses and oxen as a method smaller farmers can use because the animals cost less than tractors and require no fuel.
The 430-acre farm was founded in 1981 and also offers classes in logging, blacksmith, woodworking, beekeeping and cheese making.
Tillers has participated in farming programs in at least nine countries in Africa and South America. Its Annual Plow Day Open House is April 27.