Garden Hand Tool Selection, Sharpening and Maintenance Workshop – May 21, 2018

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5/21, 3:00-6:00 p.m.: Garden Hand Tool Selection, Sharpening, and Maintenance Workshop – Boone

Garden tools

From the smallest yard or garden to some of the largest farms, hand tools are often the best option to get certain tasks done. Even the simplest tools do a better job though with just a bit of maintenance and care. On Monday, 5/21/18, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Cooperative Extension and Hospitality House will offer a free workshop on “Garden Hand Tool Selection, Sharpening, and Maintenance.” Extension Agriculture Agent Richard Boylan and Hospitality House Garden Coordinator Elena Dalton will guide participants through choosing hand tools for quality, durability, and comfortable ergonomics, and then show how to keep these tools in top form. From preventing dry rots on wood and leather, to keeping sharp and rust-free edges on blades and other metal components, this workshop will be a hands-on exploration of what hand tools can work for growers and the maintenance to keep them working for the long haul

Participants will have the opportunity to examine a variety of hand tools (wheel hoes, broad forks, spades, etc.) and practice their sharpening and other maintenance skills on them under the guidance of Boylan & Dalton. Pre-registration is not necessary.

The workshop will be held at the Hospitality House Gardens, located just behind 338 Brook Hollow Rd, Boone, NC 28607. For more information, feel free to e-mail or call N.C. Cooperative Extension at 828-264-3061.