This video shows you how the grain was threshed after it was gathered from stukes in the fields. The power takeoff on a tractor was attached to the threshing machine with a long belt. Workers would then feed the grain into the thresher allowing the grain to separate from the stock and be fed into the wagon.
You will also see a pioneer style outdoor wood fired earth oven baking buns.
Bring the family for a taste of history.
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NFB Ukrainian pioneers
This early film is about the Ukrainian Pioneer immigrants of central Canada. It begins by showing recreations of early pioneer life dominated by hand tools–including farming techniques, building techniques (notably the plastering using clay and straw on houses), and the hand-milling of grain. .
It then goes on to show the contemporary situation of these immigrants, emphasizing that their farms were now as modern as any other. It balances a message about their being assimilated with a depiction of folklore, dancing and singing at a large Ukrainian festival (possibly in Vegerville, Alberta) and religious traditions. In 1943, when the movie was released, Canada was in the throws of World War II, so efforts are made to show that the descendants of these immigrants were loyal and serving their Canadian homeland, with pictures of soldiers in uniform.
The Victoria Trail
Join us on a trip down the historic Victoria Trail. Begun as an Indian trail running along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, it winds through picturesque farmland from Secondary Highway 38, southeast of Redwater, to the Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site in south Smoky Lake County. It will also take you to the historic Métis Landing.
Bear Lake Honey
My trip to the honey farm took me to an abandoned farmstead that was home for a family of twelve in pioneer days. Large families were common back then but it is hard to imagine the workload of a mother in a family this size without any of our modern conveniences.
You might even enjoy Pat’s guided tour of the honey farm.