Spring on the farm

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
When you are a farmer you have to know how to do many tasks, from handling livestock to preparing fields, planting and harvesting crops, maintaining equipment, and more. Dave Trotter, a farmer at Slate Run Living Historical Farm, is shown here preparing a horse drawn drag that will be used to smooth out the dirt clumps in the farmhouse gardens to prepare the gardens for spring planting. Once the gardens are smooth, the drag can be flipped over and used to make rows for planting. Slate Run Living Historical Farm, which recreates Ohio farm life as it was in the 1880s, is located at 1375 State Route 674 North, near Canal Winchester. Visit metroparks.net for information.
Prince, one of several draft horses used for farm work at Slate Run Living Historical Farm, rests and suns himself in the barnyard.
About a dozen piglets bunch together to keep warm on a recent chilly spring morning at Slate Run Living Historical Farm.
Sheep grazing in the field at Slate Run Living Historical Farm.
The workers at Slate Run Living Historical Farm helped celebrate Easter by dyeing eggs 1880s style. One of the farmhouse workers joked that they had to “scramble” to get the eggs dyed in time for Easter. By the late 19th century, pre-packaged Easter egg dye kits were available in stores. However, prior to that, people used other materials to create dyes for making colorful eggs. Spinach, mint, dandelions, or lettuce could be used for making green dye, turmeric for gold or yellow dye, yellow onion for an orange/yellow dye, blueberries for blue dye, red cabbage for light blue dye, and beets for brown dye.


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