Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family

Mapping the Farm The Chronicle of a Family To some the fields and farms of the Upper Midwest all look the same but to the people who have struggled to raise families and make a living from the soil each farm is a small kingdom with a rich a
  • Title: Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family
  • Author: John Hildebrand
  • ISBN: 9780873514149
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family
    To some, the fields and farms of the Upper Midwest all look the same, but to the people who have struggled to raise families and make a living from the soil, each farm is a small kingdom with a rich and often troubled history In Mapping the Farm, John Hildebrand, whom the New Yorker magazine praised for his skill of mind and craft, focuses on the O Neills, the familyTo some, the fields and farms of the Upper Midwest all look the same, but to the people who have struggled to raise families and make a living from the soil, each farm is a small kingdom with a rich and often troubled history In Mapping the Farm, John Hildebrand, whom the New Yorker magazine praised for his skill of mind and craft, focuses on the O Neills, the family of his wife Sharon, and their 240 acres near Rochester, Minnesota.When William O Neill began raising dairy cows in Minnesota in 1880, America was a nation of farmers A little over a hundred years later, William s grandson Ed is too old and ill to continue farming The farm is being chopped into subdivisions, an interstate has cut off access to the river, and changing technology and the tightening market have made small farms a thing of the past Ed s children and grandchildren gather to try to find a way to keep the farm in the family.In this absorbing and hauntingly beautiful book, Hildebrand tells the story of four generations of farming O Neills and, in doing so, tells a quintessentially American story of land and labor, memory and loss and one family s struggle to keep their dream alive From boom times to bust, the bloody farm strikes of the Great Depression to the bittersweet optimism of a county fair, Hildebrand weaves a narrative that is at once an elegy for a vanishing way of life and a celebration of the tenacious and deeply held American values that have made today s way of life possible.
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  • Having seen my grandfather s farm go from a simple farm with cattle and pasture and hay to a better money making dairy to a subdivision of houses made me feel the emotion in this chronicle Well told, Mr Hildebrand.



  • Mapping the Farm by John Hildebrand John Hildebrand s story Mapping the Farm is a book I picked because I saw the cover and was very interested when i saw the barn and the title of the book This book gives you an idea of what it s like trying to make the decision on what to do with the family farm Throughout this story John tells you about his wife s dad s farm and how they made the decision what to do with it while her father s health is failing.And the whole story John is also kind of writing [...]


  • Mapping the Farm tells the five generation family story of a farm near Rochester, Minnesota The author is not a farmer in fact, he s the son in law So, this makes for an interesting commentary Sometimes he is neutral and simply telling what he sees Sometimes he is self deprecating he didn t grow up on this farm and is struggling to understand the history and nuances of farm life Sometimes he reports on the simplest details of local life including getting ready for the county fair and attending m [...]


  • I thoroughly enjoyed this easy reading book paternal side of the family lived in the boonies of eastern Nebraska, one having a farm and others living surround by farms, some in a town of 200 very scattered, not in town.I would be interested in how long the 8 children were able to hang onto and run the farm


  • Love this It really hits home for me how hard farming is And yet it is not a poor me story, it just is what it is The writer has remarkable insight into farming and what farming means to a family and how it applies to life lessons This is a story of the history of his family farm and why small farms are rapidly becoming a thing of the past This story brought back a lot of memories for me and it is somewhat local for me as it takes place in southeastern Minnesota and I am in southwestern Minnesot [...]


  • The story of a family farm in Minnesota thru generations from horse power to mechanized farming methods and finally with noone in the family wanting to farm any A familiar story of the demise of the Family farm Also brought back memories thru the course of my lifetime from remembering the use of horses for harvesting, then on to tractors and combines.


  • Selection for the October book festival Written by UWEC English professor Set in Minnesota beginning in 1880 and continued to present time Personal involvement by the son in law author Especially interesting to a farm girl me.


  • A well written story of one Minnesota farm that unfolds the history of farms and farming in the Midwest through very human stories.


  • The narrative of the probably end of an agricultural heritage the economics of US food policy make it impossible to continue


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