The Farm Was Completely Run Down

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The Baby Boomers did it

Written By:Gary Wonning

The soil was depleted; several of the fields had gullies that were over six feet deep.


When the land is poor nothing grows, much of it washes away during the rains. When the land is poor with no nutrients, there is no roots system of the grasses and crops to hold and protect the soil from washing away.

As a result, our first year’s corn crop, planted on a twelve-acre field was only about two hundred bushels, total. Anyone who has ever farmed would know this yield wouldn’t even cover expenses. The average acceptable yield in those days would be about one hundred bushels to the acre, today; the yield would be over two hundred bushels per acre.

The house had no hot water, all the water for washing and had to be heated in a pot on the kitchen stove. It made one real conservative when it came to taking hot baths and washing the dishes.

Growing up in the 1950s.

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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