- John Deere named one of the best global brands
- John Deere Iowa factory celebrates its 100th anniversary
- John Deere encourages children to carry on the tradition of farm life
- University expansion gives John Deere the chance to gain a new facility
- Illinois students become familiar with the most up-to-speed farming equipment
- A tractor museum in North Dakota features unique John Deere tractors
- John Deere antique clock keeps tabs on the company's dedication to farm life
- High school agriculture students get a sample of groundbreaking equipment
- John Deere plays its part in Perryville's Old Timers' Day event
- Renovations are being performed in Moline to maintain the John Deere heritage
Posted by Green Fun Store on 12/8/2010 to Farm Lifestyle
A walk through the farm last weekend brought images right out of the early 1900s as children made corn-husk dolls stuffed with wool and wove popcorn and cranberries on strings - Christmas decorations inspired by farm life history. Trent Pearce, an Ardenwood naturalist, told the Oakland Tribune that he thought that the event was a resounding success, noting that "visitors get to take something home with them and it's not necessarily something you can find in a store."
After kids and adults alike were finished with the various activities, they were treated to foods prepared at an outdoor kitchen that offered farm goods, like corn and walnuts, spruced up into tasty treats like cookies and candied nuts. The main draw of the day, the Yule log hunt, is a tradition that pitted the kids against one another to find the biggest log on the farm: legend has it that whoever does will have good luck in the coming year.
While many of the kids wanted to ride on the John Deere farm equipment, the day's activities were mostly hands-on and educational. Undoubtedly, both the parents and their children had a fun time: as one mother put it, on the farm "you always get to do something new."