- There is nothing sustainable about tractors using fossil fuels. Not only is the use of fossil fuels going to drive food prices sky high, but what about folks that aren't living here in the U.S.? What about folks in, say, Uganda? Gas there is $6.00 a gallon but unlike us, they earn around a dollar a day. At 3-4 gallons to plow an acre with a tractor they are taking advantage of animal power because they have so few options. Assisting them is a group called Tillers International. Tillers' mission is: To preserve, study, and exchange low-capital technologies that increase the sustainability and productivity of people in rural communities. Tillers' Vision is: To create an international learning community in which we seek understanding of local conditions, encourage an attitude of experimentation, and give promise of sustainable productivity for generations to come. We strive to preserve low-cost, historical rural skills; to find contemporary refinements within low-capital constraints; and to share this information with those interested in small farms, both in America and around the globe. They teach a variety of classes from "post and beam construction" to blacksmithing. The oxen team shown below is one of the two teams that they brought to Horse Progress Days. It was hard to get a good picture of them out on the grounds so here you see them resting in the barn. Don't they make you smile?
A horse powered treadmill. Another nifty idea from Horse Progress Days.