Planting is a very important step in the farming process. This small seeding bag spread the grain seed out onto the field. Planting could have also been done by hand, but the seeding bag made the process much easier. This seeder is operated by a crank at the bottom. The farmer would turn the crank and the seeds would come down out of the bag and be spread out onto the field.
Broadcast Seeder, 1901, wood, iron, cotton, H:22in W: 17in D: 12.5in. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY, Gift of James A. and Bessie K. Van Alstine and Phyllis Y and Earl J. Van Alstine, F0009.2002.

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