I’ve been taking the dogs for hikes out in the woods off the field, mostly because I’m hoping their presence might help keep deer away.  The woods are also beautiful – India Brook flows through an old stone dam and big skunk cabbage plants are coming up through the riverbed.  We follow the deer path deeper into the woods each day and yesterday I found this hunk of metal under some pine trees:

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It’s ironic that I find this manure spreader as I’m getting ready to plow and looking to borrow a spreader to get my composted horse manure out into the field.  After checking out the online tractor restoration message boards, it seems like this is a John Deere from the early 1950s.  Everything is rusted and rotted out, but I would love to restore it next winter…this thing would go great with my other vintage implements.

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The spreader is out in the woods behind a new-looking home with a fenced in backyard – and in that way seems kind of symbolic of our area’s “agricultural heritage” – where there were once many farms and animals out on the pasture.  But things have changed a lot since then and instead, the bounty of far-away places sits in our supermarkets and we find rusting, “obsolete” junk out in the woods.  I’m not whining here, and hopefully we can revive a little piece of this forgotten heritage…

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