This workshop assumes no knowledge of tractors and no experience driving a tractor so will be paced appropriately. This workshop covers:
- An overview of how a tractor works
- An overview of how the PTO (Power Take Off) works
- Farming hazards and the importance of operating a tractor safely
Hands on activities include:
- Driving Practice – starting a tractor and driving around a course safely
- Hitching on implements practice
- Reversing a tractor and trailer
Instructor, Liz Kenton, UVM Extension. coordinates the UVM Extension 4-H’s Youth Agriculture Project, offering statewide support to help youth build life and job skills, including tractor operator’s certification. She implements education programs with youth and professionals, and develops resources, outreach materials, and events related to farm and food career development and agricultural safety.
Farm Mentor, Bay Hammond has been the Cerridwen farm manager at Green Mountain College since 2013. She has operated her own farm, Doolittle Farm, for more then 20 years. A well-respected farm educator, she has been an inspiring role model for many young women farmers in Vermont, including her own daughter Hilary Hammond who has started her own farm, Rolling Bale Farm, and will be a mentor for this class.
Instructor, Tim Hughes-Muse has been teaching tractor operation courses in forestry and agriculture for the past five years. In Vermont, he has been the Director of Farm Programs, Merck Forest and Farmland Center since 2012. An alum of Green Mountain College, Tim and his family own and operate Laughing Child Farm in Pawlet, VT
Pre-registration is required. The workshop fee is $25. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact Suzy Hodgson firstname.lastname@example.org by March 10, 2017.
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While focused on the needs of women, these workshops are open to everyone. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.