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Harvest Tales

North Central Kansas

Saline County

Harvest stories submitted by Kansans for the online exhibit, Wheat People.
Submit your own at KansasMuseum@kshs.org.

Louanne Short

The Whole Family Comes Together

On family farms, the whole family comes together . . . from grandpas to younger kids, to do their share. . . . You hear it all the time, how somebody fell and broke his leg or had a heart attack and is in the hospital, and yet all the farmers around him came and in two days they cut all of his wheat for him. . . . That's a family farm . . . because you know someone will be there to help you if you really need help. . . . A family farm is not necessarily a job. It's our life. It's the way we live . . . we can't shut if off at 5 p.m. every day. . . . If we have a year or two, or even three or four, bad years in a row, we don't want to quit farming. We're going to hope that, well, maybe next year will be better. We're going to do everything we can to fight for what we have.

"Harvest Tales" is part of the online exhibit, Wheat People:  Celebrating Kansas Harvest.