My thinking is, that if you don’t have at least one of these on your farm are you really serious about farming?
I saw these pedal tractors at a recent field day and thought they were the neatest thing. I don’t have mine yet, but according to
southern Alberta farmer Anno Bylsma who distributes these machines, along with a wide range of other products, they aren’t just for kids — they are for kids of all ages — (seats are adjustable).
What Kendyn Mann of Lethbridge (pictured at right) is looking at is actually a pedal-powered Berg Go Kart sports model. It is a European built machine that Bylsma says has been a popular product not only for individuals looking for a durable “toy” for the family, but also for commercial enterprises such as campgrounds.
They are well-built, come in different colors and models and can look great in your yard for $950 — but let’s face it, it will probably be the last one you’ll have to buy.
Bylsma farms at Purple Springs in southern Alberta, east of Lethbridge. He was in the broiler chicken business for several years and in the last couple years has switched over to grain farming. But obviously not having enough to do in the farming business he also got involved in import business.
The pedal go-carts are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the range of products Bylsma Imports can deliver. Visit his website at www.bylsma-imports.com and you can find a complete catalogue of products ranging from poultry supplies, to dairy supplies, to boots, to clogs, to clothing, to wheelbarrows, and handtools.
It is always interesting to talk to people about their different approaches to agriculture and farming. Some guys like the 5,000 acre or smaller farm they can manage on their own, others are building towards that 15,000 to 30,000 acre enterprise with a fleet of machines and multiple family members, or employees, and then there are guys like Anno Bylsma who’s focusing on 1,000 acres of irrigated crop land and has an import business on the side. And as far as I can tell, everyone has a good plan.
I was very tempted to try out the Berg pedal go-cart but my concern after getting the seat adjusted for a mature figure is that I would get in it, but then not be able to get out of the damn thing. And then Bylsma would have to have a sale — “50% off deluxe Berg go-cart, comes with a fat, old farm writer.” I could be sitting out in the yard over winter waiting for the right buyer.
Lee Hart is a field editor for Grainews in Calgary, Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]