Life in a Farming Community
People first domesticated wild animals and plants more than 10,000 years ago. The first peoples of North America quickly learned to farm using hand–and animal–power. As technology developed, farming machines were invented. These helped develop farming in many regions of North America previously too difficult to cultivate. From 1840 to 1880, the state of Wisconsin became the breadbasket of America, and crop–and livestock–farming developed quickly.
The village of Monticello, which is famous for its dairy farming and cheese, still revolves around this industry. This community of about 1,200 people is the focus of this book about life in a farming community. It’s part of the series Learn About Rural Life.
Special thanks go to Richard Grahn at Green County Spotlight for helping with the info and photos in this book. And here’s to the farming communities that keep us fed all over the world!