100 Years of Change
Pioneer farming was hard work. Early pioneers had few machines to help
them do their work. Almost every pioneer farm job was done by hand with
Explore the following resources that describe pioneer farming from the
early 1800s to the horse-powered farm of the early 1900s.
The Iowa Agriculturist follows the
annual cycle of farm work from plowing to harvesting.
What was the role of draft horses on an early farm?
Use the above resources to build a chart identifying and illustrating
the farm jobs done during each season.
- Title your chart "100 Years of Change"
- Divide your chart
into two columns to show how this work was done on the pioneer farm
and how it was done on the horse-powered farm of 1900.
- For each column, describe the farm jobs done during each season-spring,
summer, fall, and winter.
- Illustrate your chart with original drawings. The following resources
such as paintings by Iowa artist Grant Wood may help get you started.
in the Country - Grant Wood
Back to Iowa - The World of Grant Wood
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