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"Gathering of the Green"

A biennial nationwide conference for
John Deere collectors, restorers & enthusiasts.

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and DESCRIPTIONS - 2022

Typical workshop       The Gathering of the Green 2022 will again offer a wide variety of extremely interesting and informative technical, historical and human-interest workshops and drop-in sessions which will appeal to John Deere antique two-cylinderand New Generation tractor enthusiasts - ranging from the beginner to the most experienced. Skilled workshop and drop-in session leaders from across the country will assemble in the Quad Cities March 16-19, to share their experience and knowledge with "Gathering" attendees. Watch for details as workshop topics are confirmed.

      Ladies - we will again have a hospitality area, and even more fun activities for you to participate, learn, and have fun with your friends in 2022!

These are the highlights

The following workshops are confirmed for the 2022 Gathering of the Green Conference. Please check back often for scheduled times for these workshops and additional workshops that will be added. *

*Workshops may be subject to change.*

Tires - Todd Friedrich


Friday 8-9:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

LP Tractors, Questions and Answers - Scott and Art Fellows    new


Friday 8-9:30am


Scott and Art will cover proper procedures in restoring the fuel system of two-cylinder and New Generation LP tractors. Participants will gain better knowledge on dealing with their liquid propane provider and places to get parts for your project.

Arthur Fellows has been involved in farm safety for many years. As a volunteer fireman for 46 years, he developed and conducted the first farm rescue program for first responders in New York State. His experience as a dairy farmer for many years turned him into a lover and restorer of John Deere tractors, equipment and Syracuse plows.

Scott Fellows is a paid firefighter of 18 years in Fairfax county Virginia. Before that he was in the welding supply industry for 17 years. The last 8 working on propane installation and delivery. He enjoys restoring and working the collection he and his dad have on a 40 acre farm. Scott's favorite tractor is the 1956 60 LP that he and his dad restored

Basket Weaving: Class 1, Part 1 - Tracy Welch


Friday 8-9:30am


Join professional basket maker, Tracey Welch, for a hands-on experience creating your own basket to take home with you. Enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up near the Check-In area on the first-floor concourse of the RiverCenter South. Remember, space is limited. Cost of the class is $30.00 and includes cost of the materials and covers Part 1 and 2.

Tracy Welch is the owner and founder of Basketwork's. She weaves baskets, teaches basketry, and makes all her own stains from natural sources. In 1993, the wholesale branch of Basketwerks was born and is operated by her husband, Jim. It is now one of the largest suppliers of basket weaving materials in the Midwest.

Combines 122A to the 55 - Chris Fink


Friday 8-9:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Tip Shop - Dan Brotzman


Friday 10-11:30am


Dan will cover sheet metal tricks such as filling in unwanted holes, patching in rust, and heat shrinking. Other topics include wiring tips, plastic body filler versus lead body filler, making an engine sleeve puller, changing a rear tractor tire, splitting a New Generation tractor, and more. From reading his articles in "Green Magazine," you know Dan is a great problem solver who offers excellent solutions.

Dan Brotzman has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past 30 years with restoration tips. He is ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. He began collecting and restoring two-cylinder and New Generation John Deere tractors in 1980, having completed many "frame with an empty transmission case" restorations.

Total Transformation of a 630 - Tyler Buchheit    new


Friday 10-11:30am


Join Tyler in a discussion of his ground-up restoration of a fence-row 630 tractor, including surprises along the way. Learn his tips for producing "730-level" power from this tractor.

Tyler Buchheit grew up on a 5th generation family farm in southeast Missouri, graduating with degrees in agribusiness and German. He worked for a John Deere dealer in the parts department during college for two years, and, later in equipment sales. Tyler is presently working for an aftermarket agriculture parts company as a territory manager covering five states. Having restored several tractors, his real passion is moldboard plowing. He has written "The Young Timer" articles published monthly in "Green Magazine" for the past 11 years. If you visit his website, you'll quickly learn that he's Tyler "The Plow Guy" and sells used and new parts for John Deere Disk and Moldboard plows.

John Deere "B" Series - Running Changes - Bruce Johnson


Friday 10-11:30am


Bruce will cover variations of Unstyled "B" tractors, including the factory accessories, serial number breaks and production data and wheel options. Both the row crop & standard tread versions will be covered.

Bruce Johnson grew up on a farm in northern Illinois and has a Degree in agriculture mechanics. Bruce worked for a John Deere dealer as a mechanic and as a service manager. He restored his first tractor, an unstyled John Deere B, over 40 years ago. Since that first tractor Bruce has built a collection of eleven different variations of the unstyled Model B tractor. He has restored many tractors for others and has had many examples of his handiwork at the Two-Cylinder Club Expos.

Basket Weaving: Class 1, Part 2 - Tracy Welch


Friday 10-11:30am


Join professional basket maker, Tracey Welch, for a hands-on experience creating your own basket to take home with you. Enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up near the Check-In area on the first-floor concourse of the RiverCenter South. Remember, space is limited. Cost of the class is $30.00 and includes cost of the materials and covers Part 1 and 2.

Tracy Welch is the owner and founder of Basketwork's. She weaves baskets, teaches basketry, and makes all her own stains from natural sources. In 1993, the wholesale branch of Basketwerks was born and is operated by her husband, Jim. It is now one of the largest suppliers of basket weaving materials in the Midwest.

The Model "M" Tractor - Charlie Thompson


Friday 10-11:30am


Charlie will discuss evolution of the small acreage John Deere Model M. Designed to replace the L and LA, its purpose was to give the small farmer more power.

Charlie Thompson was raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, and never lost his interest and enthusiasm for tractors. His passion for all types and colors of tractors began when he was just 5 years old. In addition to his two rare prototypes, Charlie includes in his collection a rainbow of tractor brands and colors.

Military Equipment Restoration-Dan Peterman    new


Friday 10-11:30am


I will be talking about 6 pieces of military ww2 airborne military equipment, which includes a dozer, tractor, deuce and a half truck, and misc. pieces of machinery that I restored for a customer in Florida. He'll talk about the history and purpose of each one, along with a PowerPoint.

Dan Peterman owns and operates Rusty Acres Restoration, located in Webster City, IA. Although 90% of his work is restoring John Deere tractors, he restores other makes as well. Dan's knowledge is apparent if you have read the many 'Rusty Acres Approach to Restoration' articles which appeared in the "Two-Cylinder" magazine. He has been business and restoring tractors for over 30 years.

Digital Photography - Jerry Dekan    new


Friday 10-11:30am


Jerry will be discussing photography tips, including composition, lighting, lenses, exposure and night photography.

Jerry Dekan is now retired after working for 45 years at an agriculture laboratory. What started out as a hobby turned into work, including weddings, families and nature landscapes.

3010 Walk-Around Assessment- Tony Knobbe


Friday 10-11:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

John Deere Model "H" Tractor - Dan Price


Friday 1-2:30pm


Dan will discuss evolution of the Model H tractor. His own Model H tractor was acquired from the original owner back in the mid 1970's.

Dan Price was raised on a diversified grain and livestock farm in northeast Iowa. His father and uncle shared labor between their two farms, and Dan's only exposure to John Deere was his uncle's old Model A. Tired and neglected, it was a tough old beast and refused to die despite some abuse by Dan during haying and corn picking seasons. That was his first realization that two-cylinder tractors were built to take it. Dan left the farm studied Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. He was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. As an engineer, Dan has designed overhead traveling bridge cranes, monorails, and other material handling systems for over 40 years, which were sold to Deere manufacturing facilities, including Waterloo, Moline Des Moines, and Ottumwa Works.

Trailering your Toys, Safety and the Law - Scott and Art Fellows    new


Friday 1-2:30pm


Scott and Art will focus on safety while working on your tractor and will include ways to make a safe shop that won't break the bank. Safety in the field and safe trailering practices will also be discussed.

Arthur Fellows has been involved in farm safety for many years. As a volunteer fireman for 46 years, he developed and conducted the first farm rescue program for first responders in New York State. His experience as a dairy farmer for many years turned him into a lover and restorer of John Deere tractors, equipment and Syracuse plows.

Scott Fellows is a paid firefighter of 18 years in Fairfax county Virginia. Before that he was in the welding supply industry for 17 years. The last 8 working on propane installation and delivery. �He enjoys restoring and working the collection he and his dad have on a 40 acre farm. Scott's favorite tractor is the 1956 60 LP that he and his dad restored

Basket Weaving: Class 2, Part 1 - Tracy Welch


Friday 1-2:30pm


Join professional basket maker, Tracey Welch, for a hands-on experience creating your own basket to take home with you. Enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up near the Check-In area on the first-floor concourse of the RiverCenter South. Remember, space is limited. Cost of the class is $30.00 and includes cost of the materials and covers Part 1 and 2.

Tracy Welch is the owner and founder of Basketworks. She weaves baskets, teaches basketry, and makes all her own stains from natural sources. In 1993, the wholesale branch of Basketwerks was born and is operated by her husband, Jim. It is now one of the largest suppliers of basket weaving materials in the Midwest.

Toys, Tractors and Implements - Bill Proft


Friday 1-2:30pm


Bill's audience is anyone interested in collecting farm toys or miniatures. He will touch on old and new toys, scales, and trends.

Bill Proft has been collecting farm toys for over 50 years. He spent many summers working on his uncle's dairy farm in Edgar, WI where his interest in farming and farm equipment started. The combination of having received toy tractors and equipment for birthdays and holidays, and an uncle who encouraged interest in tractors, sparked his continued interest in collecting. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently employed as the Business Unit Director for Rescue Vehicles at Pierce Manufacturing Inc. in Appleton, WI.

John Deere Gator : From Powered Wheelbarrow to High Tech Hauler- Scott Braemer    new


Friday 1-2:30pm


Scott will review the product history from the initial concept proposal in 1983, to first production in 1987, to current day. He will also share some fun facts related to the origin of the Gator brand, product development, testing, and manufacturing history. Be sure to pay close attention - there will be a quiz at the end with fabulous prizes!

Having grown up just nine miles from Deere's Horicon Works Factory Scott Braemer's professional life has been centered on John Deere Turf and Utility products. His father, an avid Deere lawn and garden collector, is a retired machinist and press operator from that factory. With a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Scott spent two years as an intern at the Horicon Works and two years as an intern at the Dubuque Works. He then started his full-time career with Deere in Horicon where he spent nine years working on lawn and garden equipment in various departments such as process improvement, test, design, and marketing. He joined the Gator group in 2007 as a Product Program Manager and is now responsible for all program management efforts within the category.

I'm Only a "Luna"tic During a Full Moon- Katherine Metcalf    new


Friday 1-2:30pm


If you use the farmers almanac phases of the for planting, then it goes to reason that you can also use the phases for planning your daily life! Learn how to harness the energy of the moon in a positive way.

New Generation Electrical - Dan Brotzman


Friday 3-4:30pm


Dan will cover basic diagnostics and repair of the New Gen electrical systems. From reading his articles in "Green Magazine," you know Dan is a great problem solver who offers excellent solutions to the challenges we often encounter when working on these great tractors.

Dan Brotzman has been a contributor to "Green Magazine" for the past 30 years with restoration tips. He is ASE-certified for heavy truck electrical, diesel and gasoline engines. He began collecting and restoring two-cylinder and New Generation John Deere tractors in 1980, having completed many "frame with an empty transmission case" restorations.

Farming Evolved 2-Cylinder Tractors Still Did the Work - Don & Dan Dufner    new


Friday 3-4:30pm


Don and Dan will share information on their collection of two-cylinder John Deere tractors and how they adapted these tractors to get the work done faster on the farm.

Don Dufner has been farming with two-cylinder John Deere tractors in Buxton, ND since 1955. A creative farmer, Don's been known to modify tractors for specific farming tasks and for coupling two-cylinders together into 4 and 6-wheel drives.

His son Dan Dufner has worked for John Deere for 25 years and is currently the General Manager for John Deere Electronic Solutions. He graduated from the university of North Dakota in Mechanical Engineering and earned an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.

Deere Engineer Theo Brown-Willie Cade    new


Friday 3-4:30pm


Willie Cade the proud grandson of Theo Brown and a member of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. He'll be talking about the history of Theo Brown and the symbiosis between agricultural producers and John Deere to create repairable and innovative products as documented in Theo's daily diaries that are online at http://theo.wpi.edu/.

Basket Weaving: Class 2, Part 2 - Tracy Welch


Friday 3-4:30pm


Join professional basket maker, Tracey Welch, for a hands-on experience creating your own basket to take home with you. Enrollment will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up near the Check-In area on the first-floor concourse of the RiverCenter South. Remember, space is limited. Cost of the class is $30.00 and includes cost of the materials and covers Part 1 and 2.

Tracy Welch is the owner and founder of Basketwork's. She weaves baskets, teaches basketry, and makes all her own stains from natural sources. In 1993, the wholesale branch of Basketwerks was born and is operated by her husband, Jim. It is now one of the largest suppliers of basket weaving materials in the Midwest.

"Computers for Seniors" - Wil Carew    new


Friday 3-4:30pm


This talk is for any senior wondering how a computer can help you. This a beginners introduction to different types of computers, the internet, home pages, how to browse for information, email, text messages, writing letters, and social media.

Wil Carew is a resident of Cedar Rapids and has been involved with computers from the beginning with Apple, HP, and Microsoft Windows.

Bathtub "D" - Dan Thomas    new


Friday 3-4:30pm


Dan is going to explain the history and restoration of the famous Bathtub Tractor.

Dan Thomas has been collecting John Deere Tractors since the early 80's, but his most notable restoration project has been the Bathtub "D". Dan totes this tractor around to shows regularly, tries to promote the hobby everywhere, encourages kids to get involved. He is proud to say that his tractor was on display at the Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo, IA.

Enhancing Your Endorphins - Beverly Wilson


Friday 3-4:30pm


Learn The 4 happiness chemicals and laughing is the "key" for keeping our brain cells happy. Come with a joke to share or a funny story. I have one from the 2018 show right after my talk "Overcoming Senior Moments."

Beverly Wilson has been a motivational speaker and a trainer for quite some time. Recently she has been working with colleges, ladies study clubs, and church ladies' groups. She is there for anyone who wants a little more laughter in their lives.


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