Oxen Powered Produce at Shakefork Community Farm

By Shakefork Community Farm

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One of our goals at Shakefork Community Farm is to integrate draft animal power into our farm systems.  Draft animals have always been the best source of solar powered traction, and cattle are especially efficient at consuming solar energy in the form of grass and converting it into meat, milk, manure, materials, and muscle.  Oxen, the muscle, are the most numerous draft animal in the world and fit nicely into a sustainable farming system.  To farm with oxen is to enter into an age-old partnership and steward an important, artful skill that is especially relevant in our climate-changing times.  We can accomplish more work while reducing our reliance on fossil fuel mechanization, engaging instead a regenerative process of carbon sequestration via intensive grazing.

Three years ago we began training a team of oxen.  We’ve raised Tex and Joseph from day-old calves to almost fully grown, mature oxen.  The training process has been full of learning and adventures for the whole team, including the teamster, Farmer Kevin.  In 2013, Tex and Joseph helped us dig our potatoes, saving countless hours and stiff backs.  They can unearth a 450 foot row in just 5 minutes!  We are now eager to incorporate their draft power more fully in our market and CSA garden.  The slow and steady strength of oxen is a perfect match to those garden tasks requiring patience and a slow walking pace, such as cultivating, hilling corn and potatoes, and making beds.  The missing link connecting our oxen team to garden work is a solid, well-built tool.

We have found just the tool.  Anne Siri Holmberg is a metalworker from Philo in Mendocino County who also has a passion for draft animals and has created the All-In-One tool system.  You can check out the All-In-One at: http://siriholmberg.weebly.com/horse-and-draft-animal-drawn-all-in-one.html.  This unit is an extremely high quality tool made for the specific needs of small to medium sized draft animals, like our oxen.  With multiple tools and attachments it can perform a variety of tasks in the garden quickly and efficiently.  We would love to utilize the grass-powered traction of our handy oxen team while supporting the work of a local artisan.  With community support we can make this dream a reality, and you can help by donating to our fundHUMBOLDT campaign.

If we are fortunate enough to raise more than our goal of $4500, we will use any additional funds  beyond the cost of Annie’s All-in-One to invest in our next pair of oxen-in-training.  We have learned an incredible amount over the last three years of training Tex and Joseph and look forward to applying that knowledge with our next team.

Tex and Joe in the yokeLogger Melanie 1-17Oxen Demo4 3-13Steers and Coop2 3-26 Fall Harrow New Yoke6 1:22:14

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  • 37 Backers
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    A 10# sack of oxen-farmed vegetables for your fall pantry. Could include potatoes, onions, other roots, and winter squash. For local donors only.

  • 43 Backers
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    A 30# sack of oxen-farmed vegetables for your fall pantry. Could include potatoes, onions, other roots, and winter squash. For local donors only.

  • 15 Backers
    Limit of 30 — 15 remaining

    An invitation to a farm tour and live oxen demonstration in 2015, date to be decided.