|When:||Sep 9, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm|
|Where:||Warren Wilson College Farm Shop|
701 Warren Wilson Road
SWANNANOA – At Warren Wilson College, the school’s undergraduates on the garden and horse crews plow the ground the old-fashioned way: with Doc and Dan, the college’s Belgian draft horses.
“There’s been a nationwide resurgence in working with draft animals, from young people interested in renewable energy, developing living production systems and working in partnership with these gentle, powerful creatures,” said Mary Bulan, Warren Wilson College’s director of Sustainable Agriculture Programs and professor of environmental studies.
“Horses were one of the first domesticated animals, and our annual Plow Day shows they are still a modern alternative in agriculture.”
Plow Day, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrates agriculture and the tradition of draft power. Admission is $3, free for ages 4 and younger and for Warren Wilson College students, staff and faculty.
“Plow Day is getting revitalized this year,” said Ben Mackie, the college’s garden manager. “Bring the family for a day filled with nostalgia and learn about modern-day uses for this important agricultural method. We’re really excited to showcase our craft crews — fiber arts and blacksmith — and create opportunities to build community through cake walks, cider pressings and other activities.”
Plow Day is planned by Warren Wilson College Horse Crew members, including senior Anna Murabito.
The event will include old-time music and a chance for children to connect with farm animals and learn about the Asheville Farm School — Warren Wilson College’s predecessor — with historical crafts and hands-on activities.