PULLMAN – Discover the benefits of “solar tractors” at an upcoming Farm Walk Monday, June 2 from noon – 3:30. on the Palouse.
The cost of the walk is $10.00 for Tilth Producer members and $15.00 for non-members. The Farm Walk is sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington and WSU Small Farms Team.
Register on-site or pre-register by mailing a check to Tilth Producers, PO Box 85056, Seattle, WA 98145. A sack lunch is recommended. Beverages provided.
The walk takes place on Zakarison Partnership, a diversified crop and livestock farm situated on 600 acres north of Pullman. Wheat, barley, oats, hay, locker lambs and pastured poultry are produced on the family-run farm.
To reduce petroleum inputs Eric Zakarison uses draft mules and oxen for light tillage, planting operations, haying, hay feeding during winter months, and log skidding.
These “solar tractors” are maintained with fuel produced on the farm, including grass, grass hay, grain straw and oats. To complete the farm power/nutrient cycle, all animal manure is spread back on the farm to enhance soil fertility.
(Eric Zakarison with one of his two draft mules Jay putting on his harness collar for work
Zakarison Partnership is located six miles north of Pullman on the west side of Highway 27. Look for a large windmill that says Zakarison’s 1935 about ¼ mile before the driveway.
As you drive north, turn left off the highway onto the farm driveway. At the fork in the driveway, turn to the right and head towards the grey house.