Generational Farm Talk
Driving through DeKalb County, farms are a constant part of the landscape. However, farming itself has experienced many changes over the past hundred years. The Malta Public Library, partnering with the DeKalb County History Center, will explore some of these stories as they relate to two farms in the northern part of DeKalb County.
The contributions of DeKalb County’s farming families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought, floods, and economic challenges to preserve these important pieces of our region’s commercial and cultural history. On July 16, two generational farmers – Tracey Jones and Jamie Willrett, will share their stories exploring when and why their families settled in DeKalb County and the changes that have taken place on their family farm over the years.
This talk will be held at the Malta Public Library on July 16 from 6:30 – 7:30. The Library is located at 203 Adams Street in Malta. This talk is being offered in conjunction with the DeKalb County History Center’s exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America.” For more information call the DeKalb County History Center 815-895-5762 or visit dekalbcountyhistory.org.
Photo: Ariel view of the Jones Farm. Tracey Jones and Jamie Willrett will at the Malta Public Library to talk about generational farm families. Courtesy Joiner History Room collection.