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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.*

"R" Diesel - Ethan Byrum    new


Saturday 8-9:30am


Ethan will discuss the 70 year celebration of the introduction of the Model R diesel. He will cover the history of the tractor and its 14 years of experimentation that led to the 5-year production run.

Ethan Byrum owns five R diesel tractors, with 2 of the 5 having been stripped down to the main case. He's 20 now, and his interest in R diesels began when Ethan's grandfather told him that he had to have one, and his great grandfather said no. In 2013 they went to an auction, and Ethan was finally about to grab his own R diesel tractor.

Deere Plows 1914-1960 - Dave Wolfe    new


*Bio & Description coming soon*

John Deere Crawlers - Chris Aspegren


Saturday 8-9:30am


Chris will cover history of John Deere crawlers and their evolution into the construction market, from purchase of the Lindeman factory to becoming one of the world's leading manufacturers of construction equipment. He will address purchasing a crawler, through its complete restoration, including specialty shop tools, removing master track pins, removing and rebuilding final drives, repairing direction reversers, rebuilding track rollers, examining drive sprockets, removing stubborn bolts, and fabricating linkage.

Chris Aspegren is a Director of Operation for a Heavy-Civil construction company in Northern Illinois. His interest in John Deere crawlers began as a small child watching road construction projects. After restoring several standard tread tractors, Chris purchased a Model 40 crawler at the age of 15. Over the last 25 years, Chris purchased and restored six crawlers, from a BO Lindeman to a 440 ICD. His crawlers have appeared on several calendars, including John Deere's 2009 dealer calendar and the "Green Magazine" 2010 (1954) calendar. Chris's 440 ICD appeared on the cover of "Two-Cylinder" magazine, in addition to being used as a model in the construction of the Ertl 440 model toy crawler.

Scrapbooking and Card Making - Ruby Brotzman


Saturday 8-9:30am


Ruby will lead this hands-on session for the ladies and cover scrapbooking and greeting cards. Topics include scrapbook borders, journal boxes and tags. For those interested there will be a demonstration on digital scrapbooking. You will be able to view storybooks, mugs and photo panels, as well as traditional items such as Pic Folios, Quick Kits and organizational products. A donation from $1-2 will be requested to help cover the cost of materials.

Ruby Brotzman grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. She and her husband, Dan enjoy tractor collecting, pulling and working the land.

Lawn and Garden Tractors, History - Darren Redding


Saturday 10-11:30am


Darren will cover development of Deere lawn tractors from 1963 to present. He has a substantial collection of little machines, restoring studying their history too! Join Darren for a trip back into the history of the "Little Deere's" as they share information on specific models, including the collectable ones. He will devote more of this session to the repair and restoration of these machines, so bring your technical questions!

Darren Redding is a native of Kokomo, IN, and the son of a John Deere mechanic. Darren has a degree in horticulture from Vincennes University and a degree in agribusiness from Northwest Oklahoma State University. He served in the US Army and is a Desert Storm veteran. After working for Chrysler Corporation for eleven years, Darren started his own business, DMR Lawncare LLC, a full-scale lawn maintenance and landscaping company. He began restoring tractors with his dad in 1993, and has assembled a significant collection of full-size tractors, lawn tractors and snowmobiles, and now specializes in old John Deere snow machines. You will see his articles in "Lawn & Garden Collector" magazine.

Tillage - Dave Wolfe    new


Saturday 10-11:30am


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Quilting: Class 1- Sherri Freyermuth


Saturday 10-11:30am


Make these fun and easy placemats using three different fabrics, fusible bias tape, and a wavy template. We will make two in class with kit options for additional sets. Basic sewing skills are required. Reconditioned, vintage Singer sewing machines will be available to use upon request. Max 10 per class, material fee payable day of, bring your own machine if possible. Call Sherri to register 563-659-6200

Sherri's love of sewing started around the early age of nine, inspired through sewing projects from every generation starting back to a great-great-grandmother and her hand pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt. Stop in for a friendly smile and see what our small town "Heartland" atmosphere has to offer.

John Deere Two-Cylinder Diesel Repair - Albert Ulrich


Saturday 10-11:30am


A veteran Gathering workshop leader, Albert will cover the total repair and restoration of the John Deere diesel tractor. The information to be presented is based on Albert Ulrich's experience over the years of having completely disassembled and reassembled many of these tractors to the point of having to remanufacture some parts which are unavailable today.

Renaissance Tractor became the third facet in the total business entity of Ulrich Trucking, Inc. and Crane Service in late 1999. Albert is attending this year's Gathering with the intention of sharing his expertise as he interacts with the inquiring minds of John Deere two-cylinder and New Generation enthusiasts.

Working on our intuitive Tools - Barb Douglass


Saturday 10-11:30am


Barb will be presenting candle messages through her intuitive gifts.

Barb Douglas is an intuitive who has devoted more than 25 years to help everyone discover what makes them unique. She has traveled throughout the states and Europe and now pleasantly resides in Geneseo, Illinois.

New Generation Hydraulics - Ted Braacksma & Tayler Hagen    new


Saturday 1-2:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

The God Clock - Tom Morrell    new


Saturday 1-2:30pm


*Bio & Description coming soon*

Quilting: Class 2- Sherri Freyermuth


Saturday 1-2:30pm


Make these fun and easy placemats using three different fabrics, fusible bias tape, and a wavy template. We will make two in class with kit options for additional sets. Basic sewing skills are required. Reconditioned, vintage Singer sewing machines will be available to use upon request. Max 10 per class, material fee payable day of, bring your own machine if possible. Call Sherri to register 563-659-6200

Sherri's love of sewing started around the early age of nine, inspired through sewing projects from every generation starting back to a great-great-grandmother and her hand pieced "Grandmother's Flower Garden" quilt. Stop in for a friendly smile and see what our small town "Heartland" atmosphere has to offer.

Bee Keeping and Cooking with Honey - Ron Fischer


Saturday 1-2:30pm


Bring your hunny to this workshop for a lovely time of honey tasting and sample other delicious honey treats. Ron will showcase a bee - keepers equipment, and an empty hive.

Ron Fischer started beekeeping in 1970 on his grandparent's farm in Orion, Illinois. While living in Oak Park, Il, he kept bees in the surrounding area outside of Chicago, maintaining 30 to 36 colonies, producing 2,000 lbs. annually. He moved from Oak Park to the family farm in Orion in 2005 and continued the business. His grandfather's last tractor, a John Deere 1959 JD 530 can be found on the farm. Ron took courses in beekeeping at University of Illinois and Ohio State.

Rock Painting - Tracy Welch    new


Saturday 1-2:30pm


This is a fun new workshop where we will be painting rocks. Max class size is 20, material fee is $10.

Tracy Welch is the owner and founder of Basketwerks. 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.


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