Jason Rutledge at work ploughing contours. Photo by Jeff Walker.
Jason Rutledge at work ploughing contours. Photo by Jeff Walker.

Despite uncertain weather, SustainFloyd spent Saturday with Jason Rutledge and his team from Healing Harvest Forest Foundation ploughing contours at Blue Valley Organic, our model farm.

Blue Valley Organic Farm Manager Brian Moss offered this word of thanks to those who participated and helped out:

Want to send out a huge thank you to all who came out to the farm this past weekend, particularly Jason Rutledge, his crew Carl Whitaker & Jonah Tabb, and Jasons’ beautiful team of Suffolk draft horses. I certainly can’t forget Jeff Walker, whom accompanied with his Ford 3000 tractor to finish up the job as the day was ending, and time was of the essence as wet weather was quickly approaching. It would have been nice to have had it all done by horse drawn plow, but my in-experience led to some premature cancelations of a couple more draft horse teams. However, in the end it was a great lesson learned in what Jason termed ‘calling mother natures bluff’. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to come out. It was quite the warm welcome to what will be a wonderful 2013 growing season!

Below, you can find more photos from the day, as taken by SustainFloyd board member Jeff Walker:

Pioneer plow coming out in draft, with Jason Rutledge. Photo by Jeff Walker
Pioneer plow coming out in draft, with Jason Rutledge. Photo by Jeff Walker
Jason Rutlege lays down the line. Photo by Jeff Walker.
Jason Rutlege lays down the line. Photo by Jeff Walker.

Blue Valley Organic by the end of the day. Photo by Jeff Walker
Blue Valley Organic by the end of the day. Photo by Jeff Walker
Jason Rutledge introduces his team. Photo by Jeff Walker
Jason Rutledge introduces his team. Photo by Jeff Walker