My Farm Roots

Wilson O’Connell
4:32 am
Tue August 26, 2014

My Farm Roots: Hard Work a Life Lesson

Thousands of miles, and years, away from his upbringing on a Kansas farm during the height of the Great Depression, Wilson O’Connell now lives in the Boston suburbs.
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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.

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John Curtis
3:25 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

My Farm Roots: Rich with Life

John Curtis of Macomb traces his farming roots back to a stint running a model farm in the Peace Corps.
Credit 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.

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Emily Robbins
3:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

My Farm Roots: She's Her Dad's 'Son'

Emily Robbins and her father, Vic, at the family's farm in Osage County, Kansas.
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Emily Robbins is a city girl now.

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Dan Hromas
4:01 am
Tue August 5, 2014

My Farm Roots: Coming Home to Roost

The poultry farm Dan Hromas started near York, Neb., since returning from military service in Iraq has helped him re-integrate in to civilian life.
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When they heard Dan Hromas’ truck rolling in, the chickens came strutting.

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Riley Lewis
4:31 am
Tue July 29, 2014

My Farm Roots: Carrying On a Farm Family Legacy

For four generations, Riley Lewis’ family has farmed a plot of land near Forest City, Iowa. Lewis currently raises corn, soybeans and hogs.
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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.

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Jack and Diane Aaron
9:10 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

My Farm Roots: Farm Life Anything but Quiet

Jack and Diane Aaron spent years in Kansas City, Kan., but have embraced their new rural life in Raymore, Mo.
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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,”

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Elisha Pullen
3:19 am
Tue July 15, 2014

My Farm Roots: Touch the Ground

Though he grew up without designs on farm life, Elisha Pullen has embraced rural living on his farm near Bell City, Mo.
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As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.

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Kari Williams
10:33 am
Tue July 8, 2014

My Farm Roots: Smells like Home

Growing up in Nebraska, Kari Williams spent many vacations visiting her family’s farms.
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Most family vacations are remembered for endless car rides, packed tourist beaches and a string of poorly decorated hotel rooms.

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My Farm Roots
11:36 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Community Counts

Matt Pauly, far left, and his family near Lake of the Ozarks
Credit 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.

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My Farm Roots
3:22 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Born to Farm

Despite suffering from Guillan-Barre syndrome, Steve Quandt still farms outside Grand Island, Neb.
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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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