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Plow Day


Tillers Annual Plow Day Open House

Saturday, April 25, 1-4pm, free

Cook's Mill Learning Center, Scotts, Michigan


Come see what happens on a farm where oxen and horses do the work of tractors! Have a go at plowing our fields. This year, we will also have demonstrations and examples from a variety of our classes including:



Rope Making



Card Weaving



Midwest Ox Drovers Association Annual Gathering

Friday-Sunday, June 26-28, free

Cook's Mill Learning Center, Scotts, Michigan


Come learn about oxen, watch the Ox Walk and Wagon Train of Ox teams around Tillers grounds and more!


This year's theme: TBD




Horse Progress Days

Friday-Saturday, July 3-4

Odon, IN


Every year, Tillers joins draft animal farmers from around the midwest to demonstrate the most up to date technology to make draft animal farming the most effective and efficient it can be. View equipment made especially for draft animals, field equipment demonstrations, herding demonstrations, and more.



Midwest Tool Collectors Area C Midsummer Tool Meet

Saturday, July 12, $15

Cook's Mill Learning Center, Scotts, Michigan


Click to see a video of the 2008 event! Call Jim Crammond for more information, (734) 241-0549.



Port Oneida Fair

Friday- Saturday, August 8-9, free

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan


Every second Friday and Saturday of August, the Port Oneida Rural Historic District awakens from its peaceful slumber and comes alive with activity true to the period when it was a community of robust settlers.


Tillers takes part in demonstrations at the Dechow Farm with teams of oxen mowing hay in the fields. We also bring up volunteers who demonstrate butter churning, blacksmithing, and other crafts.


Check the Sleeping Bear Dunes website for more detailed information as the date approaches.



Michigan Fiber Fest

Saturday-Sunday, August 14-16

Allegan Co Fairgrounds, Allegan, Michigan


Join Tillers International at one of the largest fiber festivals in the Midwest!


Tillers will be at the Festival this year with a demonstration of flax processing from freshly dried flax through spinning. We will also have our merino wool combed top, natural dyed yarns, socks, and more for sale. Come by for a chat, buy some products, and enjoy the festival. The Festival also has a wide range of fiber workshops to take. Pre-registration is required and they fill up fast to plan ahead!


Check the Michigan Fiber Fest website for more information.



12th Annual Southwest Michigan Community Harvest Fest

Sunday, September 20, 11:30am-5:30pm, $15/car

Cook's Mill Learning Center, Scotts, Michigan


This year's fest will be a renewal of an emphasis on local food, small local farmers, and draft animal power and other sustainable agricultural techniques. The speakers, who will be part of a panel discussing what needs to be in place to ensure a strong local small scale farming community, include Mark Kimball of Essex Farm in New York and Stephen Leslie, author of "The New Horse Powered Farm".


Click to view a photo slideshow of previous events!



Cook's Mill Learning Center Tours


Check out Tillers Tours page for more information.


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