This time period would have been my Grandparents era.
I distinctly remember my maternal Grandmother telling me how her and my Grandfather both picked cotton by hand down South when they were young.
They were both raised during the Great Depression.
They had a garden every year and every year my Grandmother would can vegetables, fruits, meats and even Salmon like a fiend all Summer long. She made her own Tomato juice, Sauerkraut, relish,”Dilly Beans” and all sorts of other food stuffs. I went with them more than once when they drove 90 miles one way to get a car load of fruits and vegetables over in the Winston Oregon area that were not available locally and they could not grow themselves, just to take home and can up. I can remember shelling peas and snapping beans on the front porch with my Mom, helping out
My Grandfather eventually walled in his garage and put shelves all the way around it just to hold it all.
I can absolutely guarantee you that he would have not only recognized every piece of equipment and vehicle in this video, he probably used them or repaired them at one time, including the horse drawn equipment.
These are very unique home films from one family in Minnesota throughout this time period, filmed on 8mm film. Something else my Grandfather used to do.
It is amazing to watch just how fast the technology changed in just twenty years.
This Youtube was first posted in 2008.
Now compare that to the Mega farms they have now and the half million dollar Combines that don’t even require an operator anymore. They are self driving and use the GPS system and computers to be able to maximize the amount of ground they can cover and can run all day and all night, stopping only for fuel.
Sometimes technology can be a double edged sword.
What do you figure the percentage of people in this country alone would be who could actually go out and work a hundred acre farm these days?
To be honest I think that is a wildly optimistic number.