Two-wheel, walk-behind tractors have become a powerful tool of choice for many small scale growers, and can even have their place in larger operations. This workshop will cover multiple uses for this versatile tool and demonstrate how they could support your farm.
Farmer Matt Lowe of Good Keeper Farm will walk us through a pre-operation inspection and demonstrate some general maintenance, including an oil change. We’ll also review uses and safe operation of various attachable BCS implements including flail mower, rototiller, and sickle bar.
Then it’s your turn!
About the farm: The LEAF Project is a small-scale, nonprofit diversified vegetable farm in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Its mission is to cultivate youth leaders from diverse backgrounds through meaningful work in the food system.
Matt Lowe co-owns Good Keeper Farm, a diversified vegetable farm in Gardners, Pennsylvania, with Julie Henninger. They each worked several for years on vegetable and meat farms before buying land and beginning a farm business of their own. After working in the live theater industry in San Francisco for several years, Matt moved back east, spending seasons at Radical Roots in Harrisonburg, Virginia and North Mountain Pastures in Newport, Pennsylvania. He then joined Julie at Earth Spring Farm, where their plan for Good Keeper Farm first took shape.
Dan Dalton manages our educational programming, member outreach, and research coordination in western Pennsylvania. He also leads Pasa’s Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship program. He has worked as an agronomist, advising farmers on how to manage their soils more sustainably, as a vegetable grower, and as an educator teaching agroecology.