North American Family Farms…
This is the beginning a new image collection… an off-shoot of the farm barn thing that I’ve been doing for years. It’s all “Farm Scenes”. Here goes…
Some Requirements are:
(click on any image to go “full screen”, then arrow left or right)
- Each image has to include a variety of farm buildings, including the barn AND house (at least a hint of it).
- Each image needs to be accompanied with location and a bit of story.
- Each image has to be unique in my collection (no cookie cutters or simpletons) and hopefully interesting.
In 2010 brother Allen and I were driving Elkhart County roads looking for interesting farm barns when we chanced onto this one. I liked it so much that in 2012 I made sure to come back to it and found all these cows out. My lucky day!
This classic Midwest family farm scene is from my friend John Otto’s family.. It belonged to his grandfather Otto and was home in John’s early years. In Coles Cty Illinois, a couple miles south of Arcola and about 5 miles west on E CR 1900N
A cold Winter’s day in December ’07 when I went back home to see dad (for my last time) the harvested corn field across the road from mom & dad’s house made a great foreground for the Joni Hochstetler farm.
On a foggy late-May morning, this is my first “real” round barn…. It’s on the east side of Jupiter Rd about 5 miles north of Bremen. Late May is my preferred time to photograph farm scenes in the Midwest; the fields have rows and definition, are walkable and not photo-obstructive.
On the north side of SW River Rd, 3/4th mile west of hwy 210. To “get” this scene I had to trespass a hundred yards via a lane thru the orchard.
Here’s a farm with buildings not in use anymore. The buildings are on the west side of hwy 62 north of Fort Klamath on way to the south entrance of Crater Lake National Park.
The aqua colored roof drew my attention to this industrious looking farm on the south side of hwy 20 just a few miles east of the intersection with SR 13.
This Amish family farm is on the west side of the Lagrange County road (North 1200 West ??) about 2 miles south of W County Rd 250 N that goes east to west from Middlebury to Shipshewana.
It was on a Saturday morning in late May when I took this picture. The farm buildings are on the south side of county rd 50 east of Union Center abut 2 miles.
The specialness of this farm; It’s in the common lane to the farm my friends, Milt and Fred Helmuth grew up on. Milt said “when they were young the area pictured was woods to the north of their house. It’s west of Arcola, on west side of N CR 525E about 1/2 m. south of SR 11. Check the Martin houses.
Here’s an image of a classic farm that feeds a lot of livestock which is evidenced by the two tall silos that house untold tons of Fall and Winter feed. If someone from the area sees this please tell me the road location. I’ll greatly appreciate the info.
John Otto and I drove the countryside of his “growin’ up” years in Central Illinois most all the day looking for interesting farm barns, especially ones that he knew personally.
South and east of Bremen about 5 miles is this group of buildings that at some time was home to a family (we can only imagine) of children, mom and dad, chickens and cows. Now it’s just a pile of old boards and memories.
I played in this barn as a young kid. It’s on US6 about midway between Nappanee and Bremen and relatives of our family used to own it and live there. I remember standing out by the road and signaling for the passing truckers to honk their horns.
South of Champagne……. John Otto and I drove the countryside of his “growin’ up” years in Central Illinois most all the day looking for interesting farm barns, especially ones that he knew personally.
Northern Indiana is rich with productive farm land. This farm is on Cty Rd 36 about 3 miles east of SR 19. It probably has a Wakarusa address.
Sister Mary and I were driving the Elkhart County roads north and west of Nappanee in search of interesting farm barns and scenes. The John Deere tractor is such an integral part of making this farm “work”.
Just west of Beech Rd north of Burkholder Corner is this traditional farm scene.
This late Summer scene is on the west side of hwy 97 a few miles north of the Oregon/Washington state line and near to the town of Goldendale
This is the farm where we kids all “grew up” and when the “growin’ up” was done mom and dad sold the place and moved down the road a quarter mile. Here is the farm now when the out buildings are not in use any more. The barn roof is sagging some.
This Oregon farm scene is on the west side of hwy 99W a few miles south of Amity
This classic Midwest style barn and farm is on the west side of Elkhart County Rd #7 about 5 miles north of Nappanee. I’ve used this image in multiple versions.
This farm scene is on the west side of CR9 a short distance north of CR40 that goes west to Wakarusa. It’s close to the Produce Market which my mom visits 3 or 4 times a week during the Summer months. I desaturated the color from all but the buildings.
This classic is on the north side of SR4 a few miles west of hwy 13 going to Middlebury, Indiana
This farm is on the way to becoming a vineyard. The grapes are planted. By now a year and a half has passed and I need to go get an update. It’s located on Broadmeade & Perrydale roads south and west of Amity
I wish I had taken better notes of this farm’s location. I just remember it to be east and south of New Paris.
When you drive down out of the hills east of Canby the curvy Castro Road gives you this picturesque family farm view. There is a hawk flying just right of mid-sky.
South of Champagne; It was a late-May evening and my friend John Otto and I were driving the flat prime farming countryside looking for interesting barns. We were heading south when, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this silhouette to our right/rear. We turned around and came back to get this view.