The 38th Annual Howell Farm Plowing Match

september, 2021

sat04sep10:00 amsat4:00 pmThe 38th Annual Howell Farm Plowing Match10:00 am - 4:00 pm Howell Living History Farm, 70 Woodens LnEvent Type :CommunityEvent Type 2:Lambertville


Event Details

Today’s plowing kicks off a 10-month growing season for Howell Farm’s fall crops: wheat, rye, barley, and the old-fashioned “bearded wheat” known as spelled. There’s a lot of work to be done between now and planting in late September…but luckily the neighbors are here to help out!
Plowing is the first step in “working up” the soil into a seedbed where the fall crops will be planted. Loosening the compacted layer of soil lets in water and air, while also burying weeds and other organic material as fertilizer.
When the match is over, our farmers will finish the field by joining the “lands” that the contestants plowed. Next, they’ll “pack” down the plowed field with a horse-drawn roller, and slice up remaining dirt clods with a harrow. Finally, the horses will drag a plank across the loose soil to flatten it before planting the field with a grain drill.
Fall crops will be harvested next July using a horse-drawn reaper-binder before they are threshed with help from a steam engine and finally ground into flour.


(Saturday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Howell Living History Farm

70 Woodens Ln