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Day On The Farm, May 9, to Feature Farming Techniques from both Past and Present

This year’s annual Day On The Farm not only features antique equipment used on the farm, but also new technology that could only be dreamed of just a decade ago.

On May 9, the second Saturday of the month, be sure to join us as we demonstrate some of the antique equipment that farmers used to harvest a crop of hay. Attendees will experience how a 1920 hay mower, a 1940 side delivery rake, a 1930 hay loader, a 1890 hay wagon, a 1890 horse-powered hay press and a 1920 motor-driven hay press were used to cut and bale hay for bedding and feed for the animals on the farm.

And then, find out how science and technology continue to improve agriculture. Stephen Rider will be creating parts on a 3D Printer that will be used by his family’s fruit juice and tea business, H.A. Rider and Sons. In addition, FARMBOTIX will be displaying its robotic planting equipment in the field. Both presentations show a real contrast to the daily activities of farm life of previous times.

Familiar favorites will also return. Fred Silva’s Draft Horses will be giving hay rides and our Kids Tractor will be running in the field, letting children experience driving a tractor. We also will feature crafts demonstrations and butter, cheese and ice cream making. A wood worker will be on hand demonstrating the art of carving wood.

And, of course, there will be a number of animals on site. There will be sheep shearing demonstrations throughout the day and 4-H members will be holding their annual 4-H Fair at Day on the Farm. Children and adults will have an opportunity to learn the various projects 4-H Members do and skills they learn from them.

Our Spring 2015 newsletter is jam-packed with good news. Here’s our CEO Message by John Kegebein, CEO. The trim work on the front of the Borina Barn was finished during the first week of March. It has been three years from the time we started building until it was finally finished. To some people itseemslike a long time, but all of the work was accomplished by volunteers!

I want to take this time to thank the volunteers who helped put on all of finishing touches to the building: Tom Stickel, Alex Biondi, Dallas Laatsch, Barney Stephens and Lynne Grossi. Thanks also goes to Stan Nielsen for the survey work, Jim Scurich for the use of his Boom Lift and David Kegebein for the use of his Scissor Lift. A big THANK YOU to all.

Traditionally, when we finish a project we have a party to celebrate our accomplishments and the completion of the Borina Barn is no exception. On Saturday, Aug. 1 we will dedicate both the Building and the Founding of the Agricultural History Project with a Barbecue and some very special speakers. Sandy Lydon, who wrote the preface for Mike Wallace’s book, “The Borina Family of Watsonville,” will be here to speak about the Borina family and their contribution to agriculture. We will have another very special guest speaker — Jim Panetta. It will be a special honor and pleasure to have Jim because his Dad, then Congressman Leon Panetta, spoke at our very first event 30 year ago. At that event, Fred Silva had a team of horses pulling a one-row cultivator and I have a great picture of Congressman Panetta driving those horses! We are planning to again have Fred Silva’s Draft Horses at the celebration. So be sure to mark Saturday, Aug 1 on your calendar and watch for more information about the Celebration.

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AHP Receives $10,500 Grant For Feasibility Study of a Living History Farm
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Agricultural History Project
Center & Museum

2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076

Open EVERY 2nd Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Second Saturday on the Farm

Tuesday - Saturday by Appointment Only
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (831) 724-5898 or (831) 566-2817

Group tours may be arranged in advance by appointment.

Facilities are handicapped accessible.

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