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October 23, 2008

Old-fashioned windmill pumps water for cattle

NEWBURY — The Common Pasture has always been an idyllic scene of farm life, with grazing cattle and lush grass, but Matt Kozazcki has added something he thinks has made the scene even better.

Kozazcki, the owner of Tendercrop Farm in Newbury, said all he has heard is positive feedback about the old-fashioned windmill he recently erected in the Common Pasture off Interstate 95.

Different from newer windmill models, Kozazcki's aermotor windmill is spherical with blades cut out in a fan design rather than a large spinning turbine mill.

The aermotor windmill is designed to pump water out of the ground and into a pond for his cattle that graze in the pasture.

The windmill captures the energy of the wind with the large, circular fan at the top of the tower.

As the wind blows, the fan rotates, and at the same time, a long rod moves up and down. The rod is powered by the windmill's motor and converts the rotary motion of the wheel into an up-and-down motion, which in turn powers the cylinder pump located deep underground.

Water trapped underground in an aquifer is pulled up and pumped to the surface.

"It's a water pump for the cattle for next spring," Kozazcki said. "With all this talk of global warming, we will eventually have years with drought."

Purchased from Aermotor Windmills, which has been in business since 1888 in San Angelo, Texas, the windmill was shipped in crates to Tendercrop and took about a week to put together, Kozazcki said.

"We didn't work that hard on it," Kozazcki said. "It will get water into that pond that sometimes dries out. We have seen a few wet years, so there will be dry years soon."

An added bonus of the windmill is a large sign advertising Tendercrop Farm.

"People certainly see it," Kozazcki said. "It has the name of the local grower on it."

Kozazcki said before purchasing a water pump for the pasture, he looked for something quaint and in an older style.

"It's not gaudy and looks older," Kozazcki said. "It's not a 300-footer windmill, so people like it."

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