A good, simple list of gardening tools from NL gardening expert Ross Traverse.
“I really only use a few basic tools to do most of my gardening work. It pays to buy the best tools you can afford. I have a garden hoe that is over 50 years old and is still in good working condition. It gives me great pleasure every time I use it to think about all the weeds it has destroyed over the years. Every fall, I clean it up and apply a light coating of oil to prevent it from rusting.” — Ross Traverse, www.rosstraverse.ca
For more information: An interview with Kelligrew's farmer Merv Tilley on older farming techniques (videos): http://rootcellarsrock.ca/all-around-the-table/
Starting a tool library. Tool libraries are places where people share tools that can be borrowed out. This could be for gardening, woodworking, or anything. A community garden is a great organization to lead one of these. They allow people to try out new skills and complete small projects without making big investments, and encourages mentoring. http://sharestarter.org/tools/
Martha Stewart demonstrates how to clean and sharpen gardening tools (video): http://www.marthastewart.com/911838/how-clean-and-sharpen-gardening-tools