Field School offers peek into history

The demonstration of a scythe is the latest in Vernon Museum’s Field School series

  • Jun. 11, 2017 6:30 a.m.

Are you a history buff? Farmer? Enjoy reminiscing about the good ol’ days? Tony Van Den Tillaart of Fieldstone Organics does too!

The Greater Vernon Museum &Archives is excited to announce that the third event of the Field School Series will be a “Scythe Demonstration &Discussion” June 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Fieldstone Organics, 4851 Schubert Rd. in Armstrong.

The Field School Series hosted by the Greater Vernon Museum &Archives is the brainchild of education coordinator Gabriel Newman who has teamed up with local businesses, organizations and experts who have “historic skills.”

“I created the Field School to highlight and celebrate these great sources of historical practical knowledge we have in this community. It is one thing to talk about history, it is another thing entirely to do,” said Newman.

Van Den Tillaart was raised on a small farm and started farming for himself in his late 20s. An organic grain farmer, Van Den Tillaart will share some of the ways scythes were used, the stories he recalls when his dad used one and demonstrate how to use a scythe. If there is interest, a short farm tour will also be included.

Get your tickets early as the demo and discussion is limited to 20 people. Tickets are just $10 per person, available at the Vernon Museum. Participants must pre-purchase tickets no later than June 23, as tickets will not be sold on the event date.

For more information call 250-542-3142, visit or find us on Facebook.

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