American Agrarians: Ideas of Land, Labor, and Food Oral Histories
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Series 1: 2019 Interviews were originally archived as part of the "MS926 Voices of Princeton Oral History Collection, Series 3: American Agrarians" at the Historical Society of Princeton.
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- Valencia Johnson
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Alison Morgan is an acupuncturist and herbalist whose practice is based on her family's organic grain farm, Morganics Family Farm, in Hillsborough, NJ. Morgan believes that healthy living involves taking care of our bodies but also our interactions with the environment. Morgan discusses her approach to health and what it's like to practice Chinese medicine on the farm.Physical Description
Beth Feehan is a New Jersey native who quickly learned that feeding people meant making friends. Beth has continued to make and feed friends in a variety of roles throughout New Jersey including her work as a Chef, her involvement with Food Corps, Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market in Trenton, Gravity Hill Farm, NJ Department of Agriculture, as the Co-founder of Mireille Delman West Windsor FM, and as a driving force behind the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Here is a bit of her story.Physical Description
Bob and Caroline Phinney talk about their CSA farm, with a focus on agrarian themes.Physical Description
Charles Huang, founder and owner of Chia-Sin Farm in Pittstown, NJ, talks about his experiences growing up in Taiwan, serving Chinse communities in and around New Jersey through his work, and raising children as an agrarian.Physical Description
Multigenerational farmers discuss history and challenges of their family farm.Physical Description
Derrick Branch is an artist/farmer who has lived in Trenton for his entire life. In this interview, we had a chance to talk about the relationship between art and farming, about ways to live a "good life," and his own personal outlook on the future.Physical Description
Jess Niederer is a 13th generation of Niederer farmers, where the Niederers have been in Hopewell Valley since 1910. Jess is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Natural Resources, and after stints in conservation biology, ornithology, disaster relief, and development work, Jess started Chickadee Creek Farm in 2010. Jess was named New Jersey's 2016 Outstanding Young Farmer. In the interview, Jess shares the struggles involved with renovating her family farm into a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and the challenges that come farming full-time today. Jess explores the importance of paying attention to the soil and the spiritual and biological stories that soil tell. Finally, Jess explores various complexities related to farming such as family dynamics, employee management, and climate change.Physical Description
This interview with Jon McConaughy, the co-owner of Double Brook Farm, details a brief history of how he got involved with the agriculture industry, as well as the life philosophies that have been central to his work. It covers a variety of topics - from the humane treatment of animals to sustainability to the false promises of the industrial revolution - that are crucial to discussions of agrarianism and agriculture in the modern world.Physical Description
Jonathan runs a dairy farm selling homemade bread and cheeses.Physical Description
Justin Allen is the coordinator of Urban Agriculture at Isles, Inc in Trenton, NJ. Justin talks about the importance of gardening and how he sees his work impacting the community around him.Physical Description
An interview with the founder and owner of Jammin' Crepes, Kim RizkPhysical Description
Lauren Nagy is a farm manager at Cherry Valley Cooperative Farm in Princeton, NJ.Physical Description
Nate Kleinman is a plant breeder and farmer. He is one of the founders of the Experimental Farm Network (EFN) based in Berlin, NJ. EFN is a network of plant breeders engaged in doing research into sustainable agriculture to fight climate change, preserve the natural environment, and ensure food security into the future. Kleinman comes to farming and plant breeding through political organization and participation in social movements including groups like Occupy Wall Street and relief work during the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.Physical Description
The interview with Stephanie Harris begins with discussing her personal story and the story of how she ended up in Hopewell Township, NJ, a town near Princeton, NJ. When discussing her background, Stephanie talks about hwo she learned to love the land, the soil, healthy organic foods, and farming. Her work was in Washington, DC before she settled in the Princeton area in the early 1980s. Since then, Stephanie has been a staple in the organic farming community in Princeton and New Jersey as a whole. She currently serves as the President of the New Jersey chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association and owns and operates a commercial farm, Stone Hedge Farms.Physical Description