rural life http://kbia.org en My Farm Roots: Community counts http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-community-counts <div><p></p><p><em>This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</em></p><p>Matt Pauly has traveled the world&nbsp; – he’s lived in New York, Paris, South Korea – but he’s still a farm boy at heart.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 45709 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Community counts My Farm Roots: Winning respect http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-winning-respect <div></div><div><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Danelle Myer owns a small vegetable farm and like many other small farmers, she’s passionate about the kind of operation she wants to grow: a small, local business.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 44054 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Winning respect My Farm Roots: Providing from the land http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-providing-land <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My Farm Roots</span><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 19:35:04 +0000 Jacob McCleland 41086 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Providing from the land My Farm Roots: Always a farmer http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-always-farmer <div><p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here </a>to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 22:09:50 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 40813 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Always a farmer My Farm Roots: Looking back fondly http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-looking-back-fondly <div><p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here</a> to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:02:08 +0000 Justine Greve 39921 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Looking back fondly My Farm Roots: Wings http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-wings <div><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://http://www.harvestpublicmedia.org/content/my-farm-roots-ii">here</a> to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.</span></em></p><p></p><p>Kelly Hagler, 25, is among the millions of young people who have left rural communities for the bright lights of the city, in this case Chicago.</p><p>But Hagler has not left completely.</p><p>Here’s what she told us last year when we asked people to share their “My Farm Roots” stories through the Harvest Network:</p><p>“The drought and fear of not making contract yields, mixed with the pressure of new house expenses, is aging my already Old Man,” she wrote. “It's also so strange to be detached from them. It's something that few other non-farming families have to deal with: The guilt of leaving behind older parents to work the farm, all because you're trying to make your own living where more opportunities exist.”</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 16:10:40 +0000 Donna Vestal 39186 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: Wings My Farm Roots: A song in her heart http://kbia.org/post/my-farm-roots-song-her-heart <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is an installment of the 2013 edition of </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My Farm Roots</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Harvest Public Media’s series chronicling Americans’ connection to the land. Click <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots-ii">here </a>to explore more </span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">My Farm Roots</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> stories and to share your own.</span></em></p><p></p><p>Jackie Dougan Jackson keeps a pretty thorough log of her life. The 85-year-old retired college professor lives in Springfield, Ill., and has lived there for more than 40 years. However, she has devoted a lot of time to her first 22 years, when she lived on a family farm near Beloit, Wisc.</p><p>Jackson has written a couple of books of what she calls “creative nonfiction,” which she calls the <a href="http://jacqueline-jackson.com/">“Round Barn” series</a>, based on a distinctive feature on the family farmstead.&nbsp; In those books she relates tales from the farm life of her childhood, from her “grama’s” depression to tall tales told at the dinner table.</p><p>“I feel as if I’m a native Turtle Township, (Wis.,) person,” Jackson said. “I began collecting stories (about the farm) actively in 1967, I have them in handwriting and transcribed.&nbsp; I’ve been writing about farming in Wisconsin from 1900-1972”.</p><p>Jackson’ family owned both a dairy farm, starting in 1911, and then got into growing seed corn when hybrid corn was developed in the 1930s.</p><p>Along with saving stories from the past, she keeps items from the past as well. She is glad to show you a milk bottle and a milk cap from Dougan’s Dairy, her father’s early-century operation, which eventually closed as home delivery phased out.&nbsp; She can also display a bag of Dougan’s Hybrid Corn from the old days when seed corn was groundbreaking ag technology.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 17:30:29 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 38030 at http://kbia.org My Farm Roots: A song in her heart The Rural Diner Project: what do politicians know about rural life? [video] http://kbia.org/post/rural-diner-project-what-do-politicians-know-about-rural-life-video <p>At this country store and café along Highway 63, local farmers, retired professors, blue-collar workers and families gather for breakfast every morning.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 22:41:56 +0000 23914 at http://kbia.org The Rural Diner Project: what do politicians know about rural life? [video]