On August 25th, we held our 4th New Farmer Workshop at the Larson Farm, where Rich walked us through safety and maintenance tips for a wide variety of farm tools - from simple hand tools to tractors. [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/14674281]Rich gave common-sense advice and anecdotal stories to teach safe usage of tool and equipment used daily on small farms including:
- Sledge Hammers
- Circular Saws
- Electric Drills
- Manure Spreaders and other PTO driven pieces of equipment
- Tractors (lift arms, starting, stopping and parking, PTO safety, bucket usage, ROPS, hillside operation, passengers and more)
- Post Pounders
- Hay Wagons
- V-Belts and Pulleys
- Jack Knives
- Farm Animals
- Pick Up Trucks
- Chainsaw safety was seen as a very important consideration on the farm. One good way to learn the safe usage of a saw is to complete the "Game of Logging" offered by the Woodland Owners Association. The Game of Logging offers a variety of logging safety courses.
- There is a women's only Level 1 course coming up September 11th in Newfane. Check out a schedule of all trainings in our area here.