Motherwell Homestead

Motherwell Homestead

What is binding, stocking or threshing? Find out at the Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site. It's farm life at the time of horsepower (long before tractors). If you want, farmhands may enlist you to help with the chores - feeding chickens, milking cows, and pitching hay!


Embrace Farm Life: Learn About Binding, Stocking or Threshing

The wheat harvest has always been a very important occasion in prairie life. All summer the wheat grows from green sprouts to tall golden stalks. And along comes the harvester to mow it down.

At the Motherwell Homestead you can take part in a harvest just like they did at the turn of the 20th century. See how the wheat is cut and bound. Watch how the big threshing machine separates the grain from the stalks. Harvest time is late August so put on your farm clothes, pat the animals and work the land!

How much time will I need?

  • A couple of hours, depending on how long you wish to participate

Do I need any special equipment or gear? What else should I bring?

  • You will need appropriate clothing and footwear to participate in this activity.

Is this activity free?

  • Yes

When's the best time to do this?

  • Daytime from May to September. Please note that the activity is cancelled if it's raining.


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