Submitted by Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co., Facilitated by Rosemary Cromer, Elaine Johnson, and Harper’s Staff
Title: Kansas Agriculture: Past, Present, & Future
Theme: 100 Years of Agriculture
KANSAS AGRICULTURE: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Kansas wheat & barley
Vineyards, corn and rye.
Crystal running water
Under blue expansive sky.
100 years behind us,
100 more ahead.
100 years of farmland
Providing daily bread.
(Poem by Shirley Lewis)
Kansas has long been known for the second-largest amount of farmland in the U.S., good animal health, a conducive climate and a central location with our exports of beef and grains leading the way. Kansas Agriculture is the largest industry in the State.
For our future, The Kansas Dept. of Agriculture points us to the diversity of “providing raw materials for a broad range of nonfood products, such as chemicals, fibers, construction materials, lubricants and fuels. Developing and commercializing biobased and bioenergy products will provide new and expanded markets for agricultural feedstocks.”
Can you pick out the wheat fields, plowed lands, vineyards, sorghum, corn, sunflower and soybean fields, and leas for cattle with the winding rivers?
Materials and techniques used: Fabric, thread, batting
Designed / Machine pieced / quilted by Rosemary Cromer
Inspired by staff at Harper’s Fabric & Quilt Co.
Participants: Rosemary Cromer, Elaine Johnson, Shirley Lewis, Julee Hunter
Did your group enjoy participating? Rosemary Cromer and staff all enjoyed the opportunity to relate our backgrounds as it meshed into agriculture. We all have a lot of rural farming experience from our past. It was fun sharing and relating them to the past, present, and future. Thank you for the opportunity.
100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present and Future is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.
Organized by the International Fiber Collaborative, Inc., aka the Dream Rocket Project in collaboration with the good folks at the Kiowa County Library, Kingman Carnegie Library, Salina Public Library, West Wyandotte Library, and the Kansas State Fair. Learn more about our current project at www.thedreamrocket.com