Last week I had a mission, a mission to locate some new images for our 4-H Heirloom Seed Project Exhibition Catalog. The old catalog was tired and in need of some revamping. Revamping means new images and new varieties. New varieties mean searching the seed catalogs; new images mean searching books and our special collections archives in the New York State Historical Association’s Library.
Over I went with flash drive in hand, ready to scan some fresh new images. Here is what I found:
A seed catalog from Fly Creek, which is 5 miles from here.
And the most fun find: a garden of vegetable people.
The vegetable people are trade cards that advertised seed and manures for the garden.
The Farmers' Museum cultivates an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.
Plowline: Images of Rural New York
Plowline: Images of Rural New Yorkis a collecting initiative. The Farmers' Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present. Visit the collection online.