Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16 – FairShare CSA Coalition
Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16

Field Day: Cool Tools in Action, July 16


Tuff-bilt tractor. Photo credit:

What: Hands-on FairShare Field Day to handle and discuss vegetable planting and cultivation equipment.

When: Sunday, July 16, 2-5 p.m.

Where: Red Door Family Farm, 6961 HWY 97, Athens, WI

Based on the success of the 2016 Cool Tools field day, we
are doing it again at a new location with new tools!

See, handle, and discuss an array of vegetable planting and
cultivation equipment for all scales. Everything from the
humble BCS walk-behind, to the latest Japanese cultivation
equipment will be on hand to inspect and test drive.

Highlights of the equipment list include the new Tuff-bilt
tractor, which is designed specifically for vegetable farm
cultivation; a straw spreader; a plastic mulch layer for the
BCS; and a new Japanese hand torsion weeder like you have
never seen before (skip to 1:30 in the video link to see it in

Stacey and Tenzin Botsford of Red Door Family
Farm will host this event and prepare a bed or two for us to
work in. In addition to Red Door’s equipment, Kat Becker of
Cattail Organics and Stoney Acres Farm, John Hendrickson of
Small Farm Works, and Loraine Dryak with Tuff-bilt will all
provide equipment ranging from large tractor-drawn pieces to unique hand-scale tools.

See a partial list of expected equipment below. Attendees should also bring a tool to share, anything from seeders to weeders to carts that can be easily transported. Please RSVP and include a tool you can bring. We need a minimum of 15 RSVPs to make this event happen, so sign up soon!

Equipment List:

  • Seeders: Earthway precision seeder, 6 row Johnny’s seeder, vacuum powered Matermacc seeder
  • Transplanters: Hatfield, Japanese paper chain pot, and water wheel
    Bed shapers, including one that lays mulch
    BCS 2-wheel tractor with tiller, mower, and plastic mulch layer
  • Several tractors including: Tuff-bilt
  • Cultivating Super C with basket weeder and lilliston rolling cultivators
  • Large 4-wheel-drive with creeper gears Mowers of various types
  • Japanese long-handled hand torsion weeder Straw spreader
    2 different barrel washers

FairShare CSA Coalition Field Days are FREE and open to the public. Interpretation in Hmong will be available at the event. This event is co-sponsored by UW Extension Dane County. 

Steven Shoemaker of Kings Hill farm will not be able to be at the Cool Tools in Action field day on Sunday, so he sent these images of his home made flame weeder instead:

Homemade flame weeder in action!

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition