Listen to Episode 3: Rural Living
Harvest: Time of year when crops are ripe and ready to be gathered
Crops: A cultivated pant grown as food; grains, fruits, vegetables
Irrigation: Supply of water to land or crops to help grow
Dry Farming: Growing crops without irrigation in regions with low precipitation annually
Drylands: Areas with cool wet seasons followed by dry, warm seasons
Combine: Machine designed to harvest grain crops. Named derives from its combining four separate harvesting operations (reaping, threshing, gathering, winnowing)
Reaping: Cut or gather
Threshing: Separate grain from plant
Winnowing: Blowing a current of air through grain in order to remove chaff
Sugar Beet: Plant whose root contains high concentration of sucrose commercially grown for sugar production
Boomtown: Community that undergoes sudden and rapid population and economic growth
Bust: Community that undergoes rapid economic decline abruptly following boom
Hartville, Wyoming: One of the oldest incorporated towns in Wyoming. First settled in 1870s by prospectors mining for gold, silver, copper, onyx, and iron. It was officially established in 1884. Hartville is located in Platte County, Wyoming in Eureka Canyon.
Lt. Colonel Verling K. Hart: Served at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Owned interests in copper mining after locating copper deposits in the area.
Company Towns: A town where almost all stores and houses are owned by one company; in the case of Hartville, a mining company.
Prospector: A person who searches for mineral deposits (i.e. gold, copper, silver, etc.)
Ghost Towns: An abandoned or deserted city or town that was once viable; usually contains visible remaining buildings and infrastructure.
My American Farm (Pre K-5th Grade Activities)