Prussian Emigrants Experienced Joys, Hardships as Kansas Homesteaders

In "The Old Home Place," author Joy Lominska chronicles the evolution of her family's farm, starting with the Prussian emigrants who first owned the land as early Kansas homesteaders in the 1800s.

| October 4, 2013

  • "The Old Home Place" tells the story of one Kansas farm through the centuries.
    Cover courtesy of Joy Lominska
  • Otto and Augusta Bruchmiller posed for their wedding photo on April 9, 1870.
    Courtesy Joy Lominska

Small-scale modern homesteaders can learn many lessons and skills from homesteaders of the past. In The Old Home Place, author Joy Lominska looks into the history of the farm she and her family currently live on and operate as organic vegetable market farmers. Through interviews and letter-writing, Lominska pieces together a history of the farm's evolution through time. This excerpt comes from Chapter 2, "Expanding the Farm," which covers the successes of the farm while under the ownership of Otto and Augusta Bruchmiller in the late 1800s.

You can purchase this book online: The Old Home Place


November 11, 2006

Dear Fredericka,



If the pasture is not mowed regularly it will turn into woods. Little tree seedlings come marching into the grass and spread rapidly. So I am letting them know where their limits are. When I am on the tractor, I see the land in a different way. I can feel every dip in the ground, see where the grass grows thick and where very little grows, where wild strawberries are under the grass.

Joy

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