This 26-page pdf download is the MARCH installment of the “Farmer’s Calendar Project.”
The objective of the project is to transcribe and publish a month-by-month compilation of Farmer’s Calendar essays that were originally published in three New England farm almanacs, spanning the years 1825 to 1900.
There are 68 MARCH essays in this download.
The collected essays provide a unique glimpse into the culture of a nation (America) that was once predominantly agrarian. That is to say, the majority of people lived in close knit communities, either in rural villages, or on relatively small, diversified, family-economy farmsteads, providing a large part of their sustenance, with the work of their own hands, from the land.
The old Farmer’s Calendar essays serve to take us back to a lost age. Reading them is an exercise in time travel. These rare and almost-lost writings treat the reader to a delightful mixture of pithy agrarian aphorisms, cajoling advice, stern admonitions, social commentary, moralizing, philosophizing, and useful (for the time) how-to advice. Beyond that, they provide some wonderful agrarian phraseologies, and numerous little cultural mysteries.
In a broader sense, when this project is complete, it will present a yearly panorama of the seasonal work of farming and farm life on a typical “pre-grid” New England farm.
If you are the kind of person who enjoys visiting living history museums (i.e., Sturbridge Village) and who is fascinated with the culture of agrarian America, you will find the historical and cultural perspective that comes through in these old Farmer’s Calendar essays to interesting, insightful, and entertaining.
The Farmer’s Calendar Project is part of a larger effort by Agriphemera.com to preserve many of the old agricultural writings. Click on the word “homepage” above and to the right (in orange letters) to go to the Agriphemera web site.