Farmer Favorites: Tools for Winter - Modern Farmer

Farmer Favorites: Tools for Winter

Five field-tested finds recommended by Modern Farmer readers.

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Carhartt Women’s Weathered Duck Wildwood Bib Overalls
$99.99; carhartt.com

Yeah, a hundred bucks is a lot to spend on something that will wind up covered in pig, chicken, and turkey poop. But the quilted lining makes a huge difference on cold winter mornings, and the heavy canvas fabric means I can simply hose these overalls off and hang them by the woodstove to dry.” – Alison De Paola, Plum Point, Elkton, MD

Jump Start Seedling Heat Mats
$84.95 for 48″ x 20″ size; hydrofarm.com

Since I purchased these electric mats, almost every seed I’ve started has thrived, with germination time cut in half. Because I end up with four times more seedlings than I need, I’m thinking about selling some this spring.” – Emily Turner Baebenroth, Urban Homestead, Minneapolis, MN

Bogs Women’s Classic Insulated Boots with High Handles
$130; bogsfootwear.com

I’ve found a lot of wellies to be really hot and not so waterproof. Bogs, on the other hand, actually keep the water and mud out – and my feet comfortable. My pair is still going strong after three years.” – Becky Solomon, Sweetwater Valley Farm, Glen Mills, PA

Dewalt Battery-Powered Cordless Drill
$129 (includes battery and charger); dewalt.com

I couldn’t do without this drill. In winter, I use it to stir paint that’s thick from the cold, and there’s always a screw to put in or take out.” – Jim Purdy, Birch Lane Farm, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Canada

Kubota B2320 Narrow Compact Tractor
$12,909 (base MSRP); kubotausa.com

When I bought my farm 14 years ago, I tried to mow the fields with a push mower. I mowed so much my feet bled. If not for a Kubota tractor, I’d be crippled. It’s great for mowing, tilling, and snowplowing. Horses might be more environmentally friendly, but I’ll be 70 next year.” – Richard Sales, Good Nature Farms, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada

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