Farm Life

Life on the land, farm shows, lessons from the past and more

Butter and the King's Breakfast

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares a poem from an old children's book about a king and butter for his bread, and also gives a brief history of the Alderney cow, "the best butter cow in the world."

Singing Those Old Washday Blues

By Sam Moore

Letters sent in to Pennsylvania Farmer magazine in 1927 tell how electric washers eliminated much of the labor of washday for housewives.

Housekeeping Advice for Virginia Housewives

By Sam Moore

An introduction to a regional cookbook called The Virginia Housewife by Mary Randolph gives insight into the duties of the mistress of a plantation before the Civil War.

Women and Tractors on the Farm

By Clell G. Ballard

Farm wives were quick to realize the benefits of new technology that alleviated some of the hard work, worry and fatigue on their husbands and work stock.


The Hutchinson Sale Barn

By Milferd Smith

Remembering the Hutchinson, Minnesota, sale barn, which was an important part of the local economy.

Like Clockwork on Wash Day

By Jim Glascock

A reader shares his wash day childhood memories.

Taking Pride in Farm Work

By Donald E. McBride

A reader shares memories of working on the farm during his childhood and teenage years.

Life Upon the Railway, by a Conductor

By Sam Moore

A railway conductor's account of the heroic deeds of a widow and her two children that prevented a train from certain disaster.