Sheaves of Oats Waiting for a Stooker

It comes as no surprise to people with a rural background that we are in the middle of the harvest season. Two of our volunteers, Abe Friesen and Abe Martens, have worked hard to get our binder ready for harvest. Yesterday, as part of our "Fall on the Farm" celebrations, they started the cutting process. The machine is old and so about an hour into the project they experienced a breakdown. Today they were hard at work again repairing the binder and finishing the cutting.

Now that the sheaves are cut, the next step is "stooking". The sheaves, or budles, of oats need to be set up in bunches, or stooks, so that they can dry. We need some volunteers to help with this. It would ideal to have one or two volunteers who have stooked sheaves before and a few who would like to learn how. Call us at MHV if you're interested, regardless of which category you fit into.

Once the sheaves are dry, we will pick them up and put them in storage. This will guarantee us sheeves for our threshing demonstrations at Pioneer Days 2012.

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About the Author

Barry is the Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Village. While he does not consider himself to be a historian, he places a high value on the preservation and interpretation of the Mennonite and pioneer stories that help people of all ages understand and appreciate their heritage. Learn more about the MHV.

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