The years 1930 to 1970 were a time of rapid change in the American farming industry. Following World War II, the wave of mechanization demanded a major shift in attitude and skills. The small family farm started expanding. There was more competition for land, fence lines disappeared, the threshing ritual was replaced by combines, corn cribs gave way to corn dryers, hydraulic power replaced muscles, and chemicals began replacing cultivators. The family farm was changing more drastically that anyone ever dreamed. With nearly 100 vintage images and personal stories, Growing Up On A Minnesota Farm relives the era of this major agricultural revolution and takes the reader on a journey that will define a time of momentous change. From the introduction of the steel-wheeled D John Deere, to the conservation and frugality necessary during the Great Depression, a period lost to technology is relived through the pages of this book. We learn what it means to "take good care of the land, and it will take care of you."
Authors Michael Cotter and Beverly Jackson are story tellers. They collaborated on the books The Storyteller is a Soybean, and Memories: A Collection of Personal Stories. Michael Cotter is a lifelong farmer, and Beverly Jackson is the director of the Freeborn County Historical Society. Together they weave a story of determination, change, anddeep-rooted love for Minnesota land.