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Skill-share: Mowing with a Scythe (+Scythe Care)

  • May 7, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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Scythe partsBought a scythe at the fair and never use it? Seems harder to use a scythe than you think it should?  Join our "Scythe Fan Club" for a session on the care and use of your European scythe with two or three of our local scything aficionados (including our permaculture friend Jim Kovaleski who is passing through on his annual peregrinations from Florida back down to Washington County Maine! It's also exactly one year since we had a great time building hugel beds with Jim!).

This session is suitable for anyone who has a scythe already OR is considering buying one as a peaceful, healthy and fossil-fuel-free way to mow!

When done right, scything is elegantly simple, is good for your body (some consider it "back therapy") and extremely effective.

If you have a scythe already, make sure to bring it!

  • 5:00 Potluck Supper (bring a dish to share and your potluck kit [dish/bowl/utensils/cup])
  • 5:30 Intro the Scythe (parts, names, safety, etc.)
  • 6:00 Sharpening?  Peening?  What/When/How
  • 6:30 Demo and Practice w/coaching from Jim K and David Whitten
  • 7:30-ish Wrap-up

Here's a great little vid about mowing on a hill.

About Jim:

"I did my PDC at the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas California with Penny Livingston, Geoff Lawton and Brock Dolman June 2007. Currently I spend the winters at Freedom House Farm on the west coast of Florida as an urban market gardener using permaculture principles and practices which last year produced 2000 pounds of organic produce from less than 1/10 of an acre of urban land. My summers are spent at Lamb Cove Farm  in Robbinston Maine share cropping and regenerating the neglected fields and forest using Permaculture principles and practices. This summer will be my third summer in a tent camp on Lamb Cove experimenting with exceptional results with using a scythe to cut and gather on-site fertility and using hugelkulturs to use the existing brush in place to produce a crop the first year."

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  • Sue M.

    I've always wanted to learn how to scythe, and now I have. Great teachers. Good company, as always! It's encouraging to know that experience is the greatest teacher.

    May 8, 2012

  • Sue M.

    I'll do my best to get there at 5. I might be a little late.

    May 5, 2012

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