February 7, 2014

Raking Hay, 1945

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Farmer Robert Pikes’ daughter Joyce, age 16,

operates a side delivery rake during haying season on the family farm in Cornish, Maine in July 1945. With labor shortages due to the war, women helping in fieldwork was not an uncommon scene. From - History World War II - Family Farm Fieldwork Hay Hay Season Maine Rake Tractor War Women World War II - History By Zim

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 7, 2014 8:13 PM
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Don't think it ever was!

Posted by: leelu at February 7, 2014 8:31 PM

You got that right leelu. Farming has always been a family affair.

"You can't get the hay into the barn by standin' around talkin'" as my uncle used to say.

Posted by: chasmatic at February 8, 2014 6:32 AM

Now that less than 2% of our population works in agriculture, most Americans have lost touch with farming. For those of us who grew up in the business or in the country, women doing farm work is no big deal. Happens all the time as it ever did. There is zero special about a woman driving farm equipment. On the other hand I never saw a woman buck hay, and I never saw a women use a chainsaw or a welder, though I guess it could be done. Driving a tractor beats the hell out some kinds of manual labor - it's cake by comparison.

Posted by: RKV at February 8, 2014 6:45 AM

Now that less than 2% of our population works in agriculture, most Americans have lost touch with farming. For those of us who grew up in the business or in the country, women doing farm work is no big deal. Happens all the time as it ever did. There is zero special about a woman driving farm equipment. On the other hand I never saw a woman buck hay, and I never saw a women use a chainsaw or a welder, though I guess it could be done. Driving a tractor beats the hell out some kinds of manual labor - it's cake by comparison.

Posted by: RKV at February 8, 2014 6:49 AM

I have heard that in the old days (i.e. an epoch or two ago), women did all the farming and the men hunted.

Posted by: BillH at February 8, 2014 7:38 AM

I was raised on a farm. We all worked. I read a couple years ago the fed gov has made it illegal to allow youngsters to operate machinery on farms. "Not safe". The actual reason is to drive family farms out of business and make it easier for Soros to acquire the farms in bankruptcy sales. This has been confirmed by people I know in the northeast.

The biggest backer of this sort of thing has been the mega ag operations. Think big fertilizer as an example. Follow the money to such as Rep. Simpson in Idaho. Simplot, Monsanto, etc. come to mind. Does Fascism ring a bell.

Posted by: terry at February 8, 2014 10:31 AM
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