Last week, while I was painstakingly chunking soil with a grub hoe to make furrows for my potato planting, Rick, a fellow farmer at Headwaters, stopped by and showed me the Valley Oak Tool Company wheel hoe. My arms were aching after furrowing only two beds, and I had four more to go. I was skeptical that such a tiny, lightweight tool could do the job, but I was game to try it.
|A grub hoe. A simple but effective tool.|
|The Valley Oak wheel hoe. Look at its satisfied lean. It knows it's good!|
It's ridiculous for me to covet this tool so much, because I have free access to use it whenever I'm at the farm. One day I'm sure I will buy one of my own. But in the meantime, I feel lucky to be farming in a place with such high quality tools.
I can't wait to try it for weeding!
|A beautiful furrow.|