Farming


Munfordville Stories, Tradition and Civil War Reenactment LogoThe Good Life in Farming

 

At one time Hart County’s major crop and the mainstay of the local economy was tobacco, but today that has changed.

With the decline in the tobacco industry and the closure of the tobacco warehouses in nearby Horse Cave, farmers have learned to diversify, raising everything from tomatoes to hay. One farm in the area even specializes in raising seeds of native plants to be sold to nature preserves.

Although the crops have changed, the tradition of family farming has not. Hart County farmers face economic challenges and work hard to earn a living, but unanimously say farming is the best possible life.

WH Bill Richardson

WH Bill Richardson

      1. Feather Beds and Pillows
Told by WH Bill Richards

      2. Harvesting Wheat
Told by WH Bill Richards

      3. Hunting Dogs
Told by WH Bill Richards

      4. Hog Killing
Told by WH Bill Richards and Dianne Nichols

      5. Economics of a Small Family Farm
Told by WH Bill Richards

      6. People Don't Know What a Good Time Is
Told by WH Bill Richards

      7. Watermelon Rind Fights
Told by WH Bill Richards

Oral Histories about Farming

      8. Memories of Childhood on the Family Farm
Told by Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

Carolyn Short

      9. I Got My Start When I Was Nine
Told by Kenneth Melloan

      10. Round or Square Bales
Told by the Geralds
      11. 4th
Told by the Geralds
      12. The Family Farm
Told by the Geralds

      13. Testing for Cream in the 1930s
Told by Mary Branstetter

Mary Branstetter

Mary Branstetter

      14. Managing a Farm
Told by Mary Mills Turner

      15. Tobacco and Tomatoes
Told by Paul Dennison

Paul Dennison

Paul Dennison

      16. Changing Technologies for Raising Tobacco
Told by Owen Harp

Owen Harp

Owen Harp

      17. Largest Producer of Native Wildflower Seeds
Told by Randy Seymour

Randy Seymour

Randy Seymour, Owner Roundstone Native Seed