A couple of weeks ago we went to the annual celebration for the local group that supports the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, held on a big dairy farm a few miles away. There was a great collections of antique (or at least older) tractors, and demonstrations of a robotic milking system.
There is a local chapter of this national organization, which raises money which in turn is used to purchase grain in countries where hunger is rampant. Grain purchased is then distributed to local families who need it, along with other programs to alleviate hunger.
Driving around every now and then I see crop fields with a sign indicating that this field is for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. They don't actually send the grain from that field overseas; it is sold here, and the funds are used to purchase grain in countries facing hunger. I was interested in this simple display of the common grains they deal with.
Lots was happening, including music, food and a silent auction. But it's also become a tradition for tractor aficianados to bring their classic machines to put on display.
I'm sure many owners spend hours and hours fixing these up and making sure they still work. And there were several models that you would never see today.
Like this orange Minneapolis Moline tractor - have any of you ever seen one of these out working?
This ancient John Deere was probably the oldest one there, the only one with steel wheels, those the rear wheels have rubber treads over the steel.
There was also a portable sawmill that I found quite interesting, run off the three-point-hitch of the tractor.
In any case I enjoyed seeing these old machines. As usual the bright-coloured ones appealed to me for pictures the most. I'm just a Magpie! Tomorrow the robotic milking machine.