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    Ken Lamson looks back to check on his harvester. Lamson says using horses on his farm means he doesn't have "hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt on giant equipment."

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    Ken Lamson pulls a crate of potatoes out of a chore cart after bringing them in from the fields at New Beat Farm in Knox.

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    Ken Lamson works at New Beat Farm in Knox. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    The benefits of horses on farms go well beyond the quaint: They produce manure that later can be used, for example, and rather than compact the soil like machines, they aerate it with their hooves.

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    Ken Lamson hooks two of his draft horses up to a chore cart, which he'll use to bring harvested beets and potatoes in from the fields at New Beat Farm in Knox. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Lamson holds Jewel's halter. He and his wife, Adrienne Lee, use their horses for furrowing, haying, harvesting and spreading manure. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Using two of his draft horses, Ken Lamson brings harvested beets and potatoes through a field at New Beat Farm in Knox. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Unlike a tractor, draft horses Jewel and Star can't be left out in the field when work is done for the day. They need to be fed and put to bed. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Ken Lamson walks between two of his draft horses after hitching them up to the side of a barn at New Beat Farm in Knox. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Ken Lamson harvests potatoes at New Beat Farm in Knox. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Ken Lamson harvests potatoes at New Beat Farm in Knox on Wednesday, using draft horses Star, left, a Percheron, and Jewel, a Belgian, to pull the mechanical harvester. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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