Historical Photographs

Images of Early Agriculture and Orchards

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Watering the Orchard Agricultural Spraying The Orchard Harvest The Combine Pig Farming Sheep Farming Women in the Orchard Pear Picking Near Medford, 1910 Orchard Hands
Women in the Orchard
Women in the Orchard
A successful farm operation required women to assume numerous roles ranging from full partner to manual laborer and performer of the most menial tasks. In addition to the daily tasks of maintaining the farm and family, women had to plan for seasonal activities which required extra time. Farm women worked at raising chickens, canning, gardening, butchering, picking fruit, making butter and soap, a thourogh house cleaning in spring and fall, and helping with special farming activities such as threshing, haying and filling the silo. (Source: "Women's Work, Never Done" by Shirley C. Eagan)
Source: GKime Collection: 1183