Food, Farming, and Community

The way we grow food crops and raise animals have changed radically over the past 300 years. The original inhabitants of central North America grew field crops like corn, and they also gathered wild rice, maple sap for sugar, and hunted a variety of animals. European settlers brought different farming styles, family structures, and material expectations linking agriculture ever more closely to distant markets and consumers. In the 20th century, machines replaced human and animal labor on the farm, making the farms of central North America among the most productive in the world, but also undermining rural communities.

Beaver Plain Crees driving buffaloes into a pound Residence of Ira A. Warren, Emmett Township, Calhoun County, Michigan Oak Park Farm Canadiska Västern: den Sista Bästa Västern Farmer planting corn near Creston, Iowa Farm woman gathering eggs ADM soybean mill, Decatur, Illinois, April 2007

Beaver

Lahontan, Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce, baron de

In New Voyages to North-America (London: printed for H. Bonwicke [et al], 1703).

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Plain Crees driving buffaloes into a pound

In Henry Hind, Narrative of the Canadian Red River Exploring Expedition of 1857 (London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1860), vol. 1, p. 358

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Residence of Ira A. Warren, Emmett Township, Calhoun County, Michigan

Pierce, H. B.

In H. B. Pierce, History of Calhoun County, Michigan (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts Co., 1877), facing page 185.

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Oak Park Farm

Heisler, E. F.

In E. A. Heisler and D. M. Smith, Atlas Map of Johnson County, Kansas: Compiled From Actual Personal Surveys and Records. Wyandott, KS: E. F. Heisler and Co., 1874, 81.

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Canadiska Västern: den Sista Bästa Västern

Canada. Department of Interior. View in archive

Farmer planting corn near Creston, Iowa

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company

CB&Q Miscellaneous. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Collection, Newberry Library.

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Farm woman gathering eggs

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company

CB&Q Miscellaneous #362, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Collection, Newberry Library.

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ADM soybean mill, Decatur, Illinois, April 2007

Higbie, Tobias

April 26, 2007. Some rights reserved

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