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Inside the November issue of Farm Collector, on newsstands Oct. 18 

FCM Nov 11 cover 

Straw-burners Filled the Bill for Early Mechanized Harvests in California Coal and wood were scarce and expensive on the West Coast in the mid-1800s, so inventors designed steam engines to run on straw. A Gilroy, Calif., collector has restored a rare 1880 Heald portable straw-burning engine. 

Early Farmers Created Their Own Equipment When mechanized equipment came to the farm, farmers used whatever was handy with as little financial outlay as possible – including recycling old vehicles – to save money.  

Behind Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin While Whitney’s simple invention played major roles in mechanized farming, slavery and the economy, it didn’t prove profitable for him.

Scale Models Keep Builder’s Vision Alive — The co-founder of the Hesper-Mabel (Minn.) Steam Engine Days used miscellaneous parts to build scale models of tractors and steam engines. 

About Farm Collector  
Farm Collector ( is a monthly publication celebrating vintage farm equipment. Since 1998, Farm Collector has featured unique collections, extensive renovation projects, early farm practices and related attractions. Enthusiasts also turn to Farm Collector for previews of notable shows and auctions, and extensive classified advertising.

About Ogden Publications Inc.  
Ogden Publications Inc. ( is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also produces environmentally friendly housewares through Natural Home Products LLC, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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