Mother Earth News Yanmar Field Day at Sanaview Farms

| 10/10/2016 9:46:00 AM

Tags: organic farming, tractors, farm equipment, beginning farmers, Mother Earth News Fair, Don Abbott, Pennsylvania,


As a Mother Earth News blogger community member, I was invited to tag along on Yanmar’s Field Day with 60 other participants. Arriving at Seven Springs, Pennsylvania a day early, we rode to Sanaview Farms (Champion, PA) via bus just 20 minutes away. All I knew was there would be tractor and greenhouse workshops, so the entire endeavor was quite a mystery. Sometimes not knowing is the best thing to happen.


Upon arriving at the farm, we trekked through the vegetable fields to where all the action was. In front of us were two Yanmar tractors chained to a high tunnel greenhouse. The greenhouse was quite large, spanning 30 feet wide by 96 feet long. Little did we know, we were about to witness history. Either those tractors would drag the greenhouse several hundred feet or we would be witness to a disaster. Whatever the result, I knew we would be entertained.

In my mind’s eye, the tractors would speed along, as one would see with a tractor pull. In reality, it was much more like watching turtles race. Each tractor had a corner and they had to move as one. The drivers were from Yanmar, since they knew their equipment inside and out. Several other people, the farmers I assume, worked on making sure the greenhouse glided smoothly and did not shake apart.


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