My Farm Roots
Kate Edwards

My Farm Roots 2012

In Farm Country, Roots Run Deep

From Monroe County, Iowa, to Dodge City, Kan., from the Oglala Grasslands in Nebraska to the Ozarks in Missouri, farm country means different things to different people. It is rolling plains and supple orchards; fields of corn and wheat and sunflowers and soybeans; tiny towns and big cities; wide meandering rivers and parched dry sand flats.

The people who live in farm country are tough and independent and many revel in their role in feeding the world.  And as years have turned into decades and turned again into centuries, Midwesterners have just about seen it all.

So, in the midst of the 21st century, what is farm country? Where do today’s farmers and ranchers come from and what is important to them? As the population shifts, what has happened to farm families, many of whom have moved into cities?

Harvest Public Media wants to understand the history of the Midwest and the people who live here. We want to explore what makes farm country special and we want to learn about the people that built America’s breadbasket. Because when you hail from farm country, roots run deep.

Listen to Americans' stories and memories of rural life by clicking on a My Farm Roots story to the left.

You'll hear young people speak passionately about their upbringing on their family's farm and about the powerful connection they have to farming as a way a life. You'll hear about families who have farmed Midwestern land for generations and who could never be moved -- not by a flood, not by a tornado, not by suffocating dust. You'll hear about why often a farm is more than a collection of buildings and land -- it represents family life, history, tradition and a legacy.

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Do you have a powerful connection to the land? Did you grow up on a farm or do you hope to start a new life on one? Do you know someone with deep, strong ties to the farm? We want to hear the story of your farm roots -- we may even contact you so we can tell your story.

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