My Farm Roots

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Jeff Siegfried knows just about anything you'd ever want to find out about a 50-acre corn field in northern Colorado.  The 24-year-old easily rattles off the various gadgets he uses to measure soil moisture, plant health, and air temperature.

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Kendra Lawson doesn't have the typical schedule of a nine-year-old.  With just a week of summer left, she spent her days working with her dad and mom on the farm and preparing her pigs to show at the state fair.

Abby Wendle

The Matthew family farm, M&M&m Farms, outside of La Harpe, looks different from the farms surrounding it in western Illinois. It's not filled with neat rows of soybeans or lines of corn that's over-my-head high in late July. The Matthew's place is a bit more disorganized and far more diverse.

My Farm Roots: Showtime at the Fair

Jul 27, 2015
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Show day at the Pierce County Fair in Nebraska starts early and goes fast.

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Farm dog? Check.

Barn cats? Check.

Muddy work books lined up at the back door? Five checks.

My Farm Roots: Hard Work a Life Lesson

Aug 26, 2014
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Every year on my birthday I know there’s a thin, flat package waiting for me to open. It’s wrapped with neat corner folds and held together perfectly with just three pieces of tape – nothing wasted.

Rich Egger

Farmers are used to waking up with the rooster’s crow. But having grown up a suburban kid, John Curtis was used to a more conventional alarm clock.

Courtesy Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

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When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting.

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In his home in Forest City, Iowa, Riley Lewis has the original warranty deed for his farm, signed by President James Buchanan and issued to one Elias Gilbert, a soldier who served in the War of 1812.

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything but Quiet

Jul 21, 2014
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Jack and Diane Aaron lived in Strawberry Hill in Kansas City, Kan., for decades. They loved their neighborhood and it was close to family. But when a friend passed away and left them land on a farm, they decided to take a chance on country living.

While farm life is different, they found it’s anything but quiet.

“Out here we’ve got, just different sounds. We have birds that will wake us up. A cat that likes to wake me up at six because he wants to eat,” Diane Aaron said. “It’s peaceful, but it doesn’t make you crazy,”

My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground

Jul 15, 2014
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As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

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Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.

Community Counts

Aug 28, 2013
Courtesy Matt Pauly

This is the thirteenth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

Born to Farm

Aug 20, 2013
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This is the twelfth installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land.

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