This project documents the history of eight family farms in Monroe County that have been in operation for 100 years or more. Unlike other regions of the country that are dominated by industrial agriculture and factory farms, agriculture in Monroe County is largely characterized by family farms that have operated through multiple generations. These family farms remain vital to the local economy and are critical for meeting local food needs.
What we Did
This project used archival research, photography, and oral history interviews to document the history of family farms in Monroe County. Oral history collects memories and personal commentaries of historical significance through recorded interviews.
Recordings of our interviews and related archival documents will be preserved at the Rochester Public Library Local History Division for future research. Most of the audio recordings are available to download from the Farms page of this website.