Generations of Finger Lakes Farming

Story and photos by John Adamski


I took this photo of the hay bales last evening while looking for whitetail deer on the Knapp Farm in the Livingston County town of Ossian. Six generations of the Knapp family have farmed this land since 1854 when technologies were much simpler than they are today. There were no 1-ton round bales of hay in those days.

There weren't any corn combines either, with the capability of harvesting many acres of corn per hour. I was captivated by the silhouette of the several standing stalks of corn that the combine missed in this image and thought about how unacceptable that might have been in 1854.

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