When the Industrial Revolution produced gas powered farming devices, many farm animals found themselves out of work, resorting to joining the petting zoo or acting as extras in tornado movies. Revel in the world of vintage farming with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 toward membership, classes, and general-store items at Tillers International in Scotts.
Tillers International gives agriculture buffs the opportunity to learn traditional farming methods and farm activities on a 430-acre farm at Cook’s Mill. Impress fellow crop crackerjacks with an annual membership ($40), patron membership ($200), or a lifetime membership ($500), all of which include a subscription to the "Nigh Ox" newsletter, an annual class catalog, and 10% off publications in its General Store and class registration fees (15% off for new members). Classes cover a breadth of farm-related trades, including blacksmithing ($155) and cheese making ($150), which may come in handy during impromptu fondue parties or anvil-smashing championships. Tillers’s General Store stocks farm tools, grass-fed beef, and blacksmithed and woodworked items constructed from the skillful hands of on-site instructors. A collection of books is also available in the store to further education, including Blacksmithing Projects ($12.95), Home Cheese Making ($16.95), and Barn Yarding Your Back Yard ($24.95).
Tillers International’s museum holds one of the largest collections of antique American farming tools. In addition to providing guests with fascinating exhibits and re-inventing tools, it works to promote rural development and sustainability throughout the world.