Clemson University

Small Farm Equipment Selection, Operation, & Maintenance

Join farm equipment expert and author Andy Pressman from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for this special workshop focusing on equipment and tools for intensive crop production on a small-scale commercial farm. The use of appropriate equipment and tools, both in terms of size and practicality, can increase production efficiency and profits while minimizing the disturbance to soil and to plant health. Workshop topics will include understanding scales of production, selection of appropriate equipment, proper tool use and maintenance, buying new vs. used equipment, tractor safety, and more.  The workshop will include a tour of the Clemson Student Organic Farm where we will observe a variety of hand tools and farm equipment, including a riding tractor and BCS walk-behind tractor with implements for a variety of operations.  Registration for this event is limited to 40 people.



Andy Pressman has been with NCAT since 2007, helping farmers in the fields of whole-farm planning, small-scale intensive farming systems, organic crop certification, urban agriculture, and community food systems. Andy has a MS degree in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in agro-ecology and Permaculture design. He has extensive experience in market farming and in working with appropriately-scaled tools and equipment for the small farm. Andy and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm, a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey, NH.


David Robb is a research associate and PhD student in the Plant & Environmental Sciences Program at Clemson. His master's and doctoral research focuses on cost-effective management of cover crop residue for no-till vegetable production.  David is also serving as interim farm manager for Clemson University’s Student Organic Farm.



8:30 – 9:00 AM

Check-in at Madren Conference Center (230 Madren Center Dr. Clemson, SC)

9:00  Introduction – Dr. Geoff Zehnder

9:15  In the Classroom with NCAT’s Andy Pressman - Tools for Small Farms

11:15  Depart for Organic Farm

11:30  Tour of Clemson Student Organic Farm operations – David Robb

12:30 PM  Lunch

1:30  In the Field with NCAT’s Andy Pressman – Operation and Maintenance of Small Farm Equipment

4:00 – 4:30  Questions and Adjourn

4:30 – 6:00  Happy hour & appetizers with Andy Pressman at Sole On the Green (adjacent to the Student Organic Farm)

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:00am to 4:30pm

Madren Conference Center
230 Madren Center Dr., Clemson, SC 29634, USA

Event Type

Training and Development, Workshops


College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Target Audience

All Audiences





#small farms

Contact Name:

Kelly Ann Flynn

Contact Phone:

864 656-5057

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