Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Farming in 1871

Farming is healthy and moral and respectable and in the long run may become profitable.
- Chase County (Kansas) Leader, March 6, 1871

I am reading a great book: Harvest: an anthology of farm writing edited by Wheeler McMillen

Published in 1964, this is an anthology of writing that concern farming in America. It contains excerpts of writings of Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Captain John Smith, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, Ralph Waldo Emerson and others. It is quite a fascinating read! George Washington writes about his sheep and cover crops!!

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