Oregon High Desert Homestead

It took a bit of research, and the initial expenses and cultural adjustments weren't insignificant, but the Harrsch family was able to establishing a homestead on the Oregon high desert in 1978.

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TOP LEFT: A wheel line irrigation system carries precious water to a fresh-mown field. TOP RIGHT: Grain harvests offer seasonal work for homesteaders. BOTTOM LEFT: High country children attend tiny schools . . . such as this one with only five students. BOTTOM RIGHT: The "law of the range" requires homesteaders to coexist with ranchers' cattle.