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.
- Item 1 of 8Beaver
- Item 2 of 8Plain Crees driving buffaloes into a pound
- Item 3 of 8Residence of Ira A. Warren, Emmett Township, Calhoun County, Michigan
- Item 4 of 8Oak Park Farm
- Item 5 of 8Canadiska Västern: den Sista Bästa Västern
- Item 6 of 8Farmer planting corn near Creston, Iowa
- Item 7 of 8Farm woman gathering eggs
- Item 8 of 8ADM soybean mill, Decatur, Illinois, April 2007
BeaverLahontan, Louis Armand de Lom d'Arce, baron de
In New Voyages to North-America (London: printed for H. Bonwicke [et al], 1703).View in archive
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. 358View in archive
Residence of Ira A. Warren, Emmett Township, Calhoun County, MichiganPierce, H. B.
In H. B. Pierce, History of Calhoun County, Michigan (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts Co., 1877), facing page 185.View in archive
Oak Park FarmHeisler, 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.
Canadiska Västern: den Sista Bästa VästernCanada. Department of Interior. View in archive
Farmer planting corn near Creston, IowaChicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
CB&Q Miscellaneous. Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Collection, Newberry Library.View in archive
Farm woman gathering eggsChicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
CB&Q Miscellaneous #362, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company Collection, Newberry Library.