Full-Day Workshop Teaches Ox Driving Skills at Oliver H. Kelley Farm Sept. 20

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Release dated: 
August 6, 2014
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

The Mighty Ox Team Driving Workshop
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Cost: $50/$45 for MNHS members. Reservations required.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Full-Day Workshop Teaches Ox Driving Skills at Oliver H. Kelley Farm Sept. 20

Toby and ColterBefore modern farm equipment, farmers had to harness natural power to do their work. This day-long workshop will teach guests the basics of ox driving and care. Visitors will work firsthand with Toby and Colter, the farm's beloved team of shorthorns. Participants will learn how to yoke, properly command of drive the dynamic duo and will even have a chance to use original farm tools such as harrows, plows and wagons. Participants will close out the day by feeding the team a generous serving of hay. Guests should be at least 16 years old, wear sturdy shoes and clothing for variable weather, and bring a bag lunch.

The workshop runs a full day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $50 or $45 for MNHS members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 763-441-6896.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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