Harvesting Heritage: 150 Years of the American Farm, a special collector's edition featuring more than 35 great essays from Sam Moore, author of Let's Talk Rusty Iron as featured in Farm Collector!
As a student of the past, Moore learned his lessons well. Paying careful attention to instructions from his elders, he not only learned the old ways but gained a full appreciation for them. Today, he can tell you not only how farms were once operated, but why farmers did things the way they did.
In his regular columns, Moore brings long-forgotten characters to life: neighbors, harvest crews, local mechanics and farm wives of decades past make encore appearances, sharing their wisdom and a laugh or two. Early farm practices and the routines of everyday life of half a century ago are recounted in a fresh new way, flavored both with nostalgia and a healthy dose of reality. Sometimes the old ways were the best ways; other times, not so much.
Deeply researched and beautifully written, Moore's essays recapture a time now irretrievably lost - but easily glimpsed through the pages of this exciting new edition.
Author: Sam Moore
Picking your favorite anything – whether it’s a vintage tractor or implement – means making some hard decisions. Now try picking your favorite articles from the hundreds written and published in Farm Collector magazine, which since 1998 has become a staple of the vintage farm equipment community.
That’s what you’ll find in the latest special collector’s edition from Farm Collector magazine, The Best of Farm Collector. For this special selection of articles culled from the last 10 years, the editors turned to the magazine’s readers, and thanks to the wonder of the Internet, it was readily apparent which stories get the most attention.
Whether you’re talking old shoes or old furniture or old pickups, the common thread among favorites is often a blend of comfort and dependability. It’s a bit different when it comes to picking favorite articles, but it’s a safe bet that a good story is at the heart of it.
What makes a good story? It’s the one you share with a neighbor who drops by; the one you tell the guy at the office. Back in the days when there were still newspapers, a college professor said a good story was the one that prompted the man reading the paper over breakfast to put it down as he said to his wife, “Hey, Maude, listen to this …” A good story often contains an element of surprise, a twist that gets your attention (Really? Some guy restored a 1958 combine and put it to work?). Alternatively, it may be informative (How does a cream separator work?) or it may sketch a big picture (Ten Agricultural Inventions that Changed the Face of Farming in America). It may offer a trip down memory lane (Scale models and toy tractors), or simply bring a smile to your face (Man builds collection of vintage ice cream freezers).
Quite simply, a good story is one you want to both revisit and share. In this special compilation, you’ll find the variety you’ve come to expect from Farm Collector, everything from tractors to engines, implements to hay trolleys, toys to wood stoves. As we tell the story of vintage farm equipment, we’re happy to share some of your favorites from the last 10 years in The Best of Farm Collector.
This one-of-a-kind guide describes the history of John Deere. When the founder and blacksmith John Deere hammered out his first plow from a broken sawmill blade in 1837, he was responding to a need, and in the process creating enormous opportunity not just for himself, but for every farmer working the soil in those early days of settling America.
In the 179 years since that first moldboard, Deere & Co. has grown into a global corporation, with annual revenues approaching $40 billion. As the company looked to make more and better products to aid farmers and increase productivity, it took more than a few twists and turns, pursuing avenues we don’t often think of as Green – as in John Deere Green.
Inside you’ll find articles on the first John Deere tractors (Froelich and Dain), the Velie influence, Model E farm engines, and so much more.