2018 Farm Workshop: Two-wheel Tractor

Demonstration and Maintenance of the two-wheel, “walk-behind” BCS tractor, including hands-on experience for participants

When: Thursday, April 12 from 2 to 5 pm

Where: SAHC’s Community Farm — 180 Mag Sluder Road, Alexander NC 28701

Get an introduction to the two-wheel tractor! This is an economical tool used worldwide by backyard gardeners, homesteaders, property managers and market gardeners/farmers.

We will demonstrate multiple attachments from the basic tiller and power harrow to the trailer and mower. You will learn about their uses and how they could help you efficiently manage your farm operation or property.

This  workshop is open to the public; everyone is welcome! 

Cost: $20. Registration is required.

Questions? Contact Chris Link at or 828.490.2565.

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This workshop is part of Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s Farmer Education Workshop Series, funded in part by a grant from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. This work is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant number 2016-70017-25341  (Farm Pathways: Integrating Farmer Training with Land Access) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This event is also presented as part of #WNCforthePlanet —  a collaboration of environmental and conservation groups in Western North Carolina to coordinate and raise awareness about events and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April in honor of “Earth Month.” Local nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses have teamed up to host a myriad of service days, workshops, hikes, educational events and celebrations. Join us in unifying our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region. More info at

Farmer Education Workshop: Tractor 101 for Women

explaining tractor engineOur first tractor operation and maintenance workshop geared specifically for women was a hit! Led by local farmer Danielle Hutchison of Beacon Village Farm, the workshop provided a safe environment for women to learn how to maintain and use tractors on their farms. Attendees ranged from college students to retirees in their 60/70s — including apprentices, landowners, and growers who sell at local markets.

tractor and group view

For 3 1/2 hours, the group actively engaged in discussing safety and tractor maintenance, with lots of hands-on interaction. Danielle created an open learning environment to encourage participants to ask questions. Read more


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