The 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.
Oral Histories about Farming
8. Memories of Childhood on the Family FarmTold by Carolyn Short
9. I Got My Start When I Was NineTold by Kenneth Melloan
10. Round or Square BalesTold by the Geralds
11. 4thTold by the Geralds
12. The Family FarmTold by the Geralds
13. Testing for Cream in the 1930sTold by Mary Branstetter
14. Managing a FarmTold by Mary Mills Turner
15. Tobacco and TomatoesTold by Paul Dennison
16. Changing Technologies for Raising TobaccoTold by Owen Harp
17. Largest Producer of Native Wildflower SeedsTold by Randy Seymour