Old-fashioned harvest: Preserving past using horses, mules

By Ted S. Warren, Associated Press | Posted - Sep 8th, 2019 @ 9:10am



COLFAX, Wash. (AP) — The work of plowing, planting, and harvesting is still done the old-fashioned way with teams of draft horses and mules on a parcel of farmland in eastern Washington.

On Labor Day, several hundred spectators watched an annual, public demonstration of those methods near Colfax.

A combine header pushed by a team of six Percheron draft mules fed cut grain into vintage wagons, each pulled by a pair of horses, as several acres of barley were harvested.

Volunteers with the Palouse Empire Threshing Bee Association, a group dedicated to preserving the way land was farmed decades ago, took time away from their own harvest work to bring in the barley.

Stan Riebold, a long-time member of the group, said it plans to continue preserving the old way of doing things.

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