Century Farm: One Hundred Years on a Family Farm

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The Peterson family farm is one hundred years old and about to enter a new century. Here, in wonderful family anecdotes, the author shares the story of the farm as it grew from a barn and house and granary in the 1890s to a thriving dairy farm in the 1990s. There has been plenty of hard work--sawing down the trees to erect the first buildings, the endless cycle of planting and harvesting, chopping firewood to keep the house warm--but there has also been golf practice on the pasture land, Sunday drives in the family car, and cross-country skiing in the meadows. Over the past hundred years many things on the farm have changed, but many things have stayed the same. There is still one family working together to make the farm a viable business. There is still one kitchen where cookies are baked and meals are cooked to feed family and friends and those who help on the farm. Filled with photos selected from a century's worth of family albums as well as dramatic shots from recent years, this NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book provides a glimpse into the past and the future of one American family farm.

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A century is a long time -- one hundred years. That's how old the Peterson farm is. What was once boggy, stump-strewn land is now a thriving dairy farm, worked on and cultivated by five generations of the Peterson family in Wisconsin.

Over the century some things have changed, but many have stayed the same. There are lots more cows now and a big, new barn; there is far more powerful equipment to help with the year-round work. But crops are still planted in the spring and harvested in the fall. Children still ride their bikes on the barn walk, and kittens still play in the hayloft. The family lives in the original farmhouse and shares meals in the same kitchen. Though the work may seem never-ending, there's still boating and fishing on a nearby lake and golfing in the back pasture.

Writing in the voice of her husband, Gary, author Cris Peterson offers glimpses of life on the farm they have worked together for more than twenty-five years. Her eloquent text is accompanied by wonderful pictures from old family albums as well as dramatic full-color photographs from recent years. Photographer Alvis Upitis captures the simple beauty of a corn stalk bending in the sun and the power of a forage chopper pulled behind a tractor. This talented author-photographer team has created a unique portrait of life over the past hundred years on an American family farm -- as it prepares to begin a new century.

About the Author:

Cris Peterson was named National Dairy Woman of the Year to honor her writing and leadership in agriculture. She lives in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.

Alvis Upitis
is a commercial photographer who has collaborated on a number of books with Cris Peterson. He lives in Hawaii

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