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I grew up on the family onion farm but left it for college, graduate school, and then moved to Wisconsin after I was married to my wonderful wife Eve (married in 1990). After being married and living 3 years in Wisconsin we moved back to NYS and my family farm in 1993. By 1995 I was farming near full-time (also teaching communication studies and public speaking part time at my local community college).

The house we live in was the house my dad grew up in and where my grandmother lived till she passed away. Our barns and equipment is on this property. My parents still live in the house i grew up in, next door (separated by onion fields).

That year we had a garden, which you can see in the photo. The garden is no longer there, the yard was filled in, so this picture is a nice snapshot in time.

I now farm full-time and my father and brother and I grow about 100 acres of onions. I also do extensive public policy and media work in behalf of my farming community. You can check out my blog: http://muckville.com, my twitter page: https://twitter.com/ChrisPawelski and the homepage for my new public policy/advocacy organization that represents the interests of specialty crop farmers, Farmroot: http://www.farmroot.org.

I've also written a yet to be published memoir that details our life and struggles on the farm over the years, called "Muckville: a memoir of the public policy life of a farmer."

—Chris Pawelski
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This farm in Royalton Township, Pine County, MN was bought by George, "Gordie" and Betty Jo Hultman in 1946. The farm was about a mile "down the road" from Gordie's home farm place. The farmhouse had been vacant and needed alot of work. A decision was made to remodel the old house and not build new as Gordie's dad said the roof was good. Gordie and Betty Jo farmed the 160 acres until 1991. They had 3 children Susan, Debrah and George Jr. It was a wonderful family and place to grow up!

—D. Hultman
 
 

The Malz farm has been in our family over 125 years. My brother still lives there. My grandfather and father both made a living for their families here. I grew up there and have fond memories of when it looked like this in the 60s. I still have the scar from when I knocked corn down for my dad in the wire corn crib and as I was sliding through the doorway, I got a scratch on my side from the metal frame. I completed many chores and rode my bike for miles around that yard. It's wonderful to see it again as it was then.

—Janet Malz
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The Valdinger family purchased this farm in 1942. Steve Valdinger was an Hungarian immigrant who left the coal fields of eastern Ohio to become a dairy farmer. He and his wife Anne kept a dairy herd up into the 1960's, when age and health issues forced them to give up the herd. Their only son returned from the Air Force to farm the land and raise beef cows. In 1982, his oldest son, Jerry Valdinger, once again turned the farm into a dairy. He milked cows until 2001, then switched back to beef cows and crops. The fourth generation of the family is now involved with the farm.

—Sandy Valdinger
 
 

My grandfather, John Jacob Abuhl owned the 120 acres and farmed it together with my dad Loren and 4 sons for nearly 40 years beginning in 1941. Dad's first tractor was a brand new 1938 John Deere Model B that still runs today. We raised cattle, hogs, sheep and chickens and tended a 1 1/2 acre garden all those years. Mom was a very hard working, faithful and loving farmer's wife and raised 8 children. "G'pa John" passed away in 1984 and the land was sold shortly after. The 6 acre farmstead was then divided, with our cousin Wayne buying the big house and half the farmstead. Sometime in the '60's the farm was designated a "Century Farm" meaning it had been owned by the same family for 100 + years. I thank God for a rich midwestern Iowa heritage and many memories from my childhood there on the farm.

—David L Abuhl
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I grew up on this 120 acre dairy farm from 1949 to 1970. My Mom and Dad had holstein dairy cows, pigs and chickens. It was a good life.

—Michael Moellenberndt
 
 

This farm was originally owned by Fritz Pfister, then handed down to his son Fritz. In 1965, Fritz Jr. retired and put the farm up for auction. My father, Duane P. Frey, purchased the 200 acre farm in April 1965. I was born in October and the farm had a small rock quarry on it. The quarry operated until the late 1920's. My father fenced in the whole farm and ran hogs on the entire place after the crops were off. I purchased the farm from my parents in 1994. There is no livestock anymore but we raise corn and soybeans. A lot of changes in the last 46 years...

—Matthew E. Frey
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When you live on a 400 acre farm, you entertain yourself as a child - such as playing cowboys and Indians in the timber, shooting your BB gun at frogs at the ponds, playing basketball in an empty hay mow of a huge red barn, and fishing for bass and bluegill. We worked hard at putting up prarie hay and alfalfa during the summer, so we could feed the cattle during the winter. As we looked skyward during the cold dark nights feeding the cattle, the stars were so very bright and vivid. The coyotes howled as they stared at us from the edge of the "crick". The school bus would pick us up and drop us off at the end of the driveway, which was 1/3 of a mile long. We literally walked in all types of weather, rain, snow and ice to get to the school bus. It was then an hour ride to school on the washboard rural KS roads. In the summer we would pick wild blackberries for pie and wild sandplums to make the best jelly. Time marches on, but the memories that this homestead provides to me, continue to inspire me today.

—Allen Wolf
 
 

The Spencers lived here for just a couple years (between farm ownership) in the early 1950s.

—Charlie Spencer
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This photo was taken during the summer when we were harvesting tobacco. The crops shown are soybeans. The bulk tobacco barns were used to cure the tobacco prior to its sale. The three buildings located adjacent to the bulk barns are the flue cured tobacco barns that were the forerunners to bulk barn usage.

—Rick Clark