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密西根穀倉農莊調查: 四健會(4-H)的早期企劃



因為密西根州可以提供如此豐富的農產品,所以四健會俱樂部針對農業用穀倉做了許多研究。藉由密西根州立大學博物館(Michigan State University Museum)所研發出來的指導手冊,四健會俱樂部拍攝及記錄了他們各城鎮的穀倉及青貯窖。俱樂部的成員們不只保存了現已消失的農業傳統,而且他們對他們密西根州的過往歷史也更為瞭解及珍惜。

As the numbers of farms in America disappear, barns are disappearing as well -- and with them a big part of American history.

Even though the number of working farms is declining, Michigan is still one of the nation's leading agricultural states. Corn is Michigan's major field crop, but the state is best known for its fruit production. Michigan leads the nation in the production of cherries, and is a major producer of apples. The state is also usually the leading producer of dry beans in the United States. Christmas trees are another important agricultural product, and Michigan forests produce large quantities of pulpwood products.

Because of all this agricultural activity in Michigan the 4-H Club there did a lot of work studying the architecture of barns. Using a guidebook developed at Michigan State University Museum, 4-H clubs photographed and cataloged the barns and silos of their counties. The club members not only preserved an aspect of their agricultural heritage that is now disappearing, but also they gained a greater awareness and appreciation of their past.

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