This past weekend at one of our local parks there was the annual demonstration of spring plowing, using draft horses and older methods of tilling the soil. This photo is from that event. (If you would like to see more images of this click on the Flickr link tool on the side of this page.)
At the Allen County Farm Park there is a field set aside for this, and part of it has already been planted with oats. One horse owner there told us that the ground was pretty dry and was difficult to plow very deep. It was really interesting to see the horses and their owners working together to plow, then to be able to talk to them, pet the horses, and, of course, take photos.
What impressed me was learning that at least one of the owners said he still uses his team of draft horses to plow land at his own farm. I’ve thought of that ever since then. Do we try to always grab the newest technology, the newest fad, or do we hang on to what has worked well? If one of those new ways is faster but takes away from that contact with nature, is it worth it? If we could go back to a tried and true method that worked in the past, what would that mean for us today?
I’ll leave you with those thoughts, and one more image from the day.
(These images were taken with my 50mm f/1.8 lens.)