A TRIP TO THE NEAR EAST


| January/February 1964



3520 W. 12th Street, Indianapolis 22, Indiana

By an Eastern Indiana Farmer

Mr. and Mrs. C. Elmer Ziegler of Greensburg were recently in a group of farm people who took a four-week tour of Spain, Portugal, Greece and the Near East, including the Holy Land.

Thirty-two farm people in all made the trip, sponsored by the Indiana Farm Bureau. The trip was made in September 1962, and when they arrived in Spain wheat was being harvested threshing was done by driving over it, and they saw farm women walking walking over it, tramping out the grain. Majority of farmers, however, had threshing floors, and spread the straw out and used donkeys to tramp out the grain from the chaff. The temperature at that time was 117 degrees.

In this heat the group drove from Seville to Cordoba. They commented that the farmers need not worry about rain a very dry climate. As the corn is gathered it is spread on the ground to dry.

Fascinating to these Indiana farmers, Mrs. Ziegler said, were the primitive methods. They saw a man plowing with two mules in front of a pair of oxen. All four animals pulled to plow. As they drove through small towns, they saw goats muzzled right on the sidewalks.