Delaware Farming

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Delaware's agricultural traditions have helped define the state for generations. Farmers and millers were part of the Breadbasket of the Revolution, providing critically important wheat and flour for George Washington's armies. In the 19th century, Delaware became known as the Peach State, shipping fresh peaches by rail to urban markets throughout the eastern United States. In 1855, the first cannery on the Delmarva Peninsula started operations in Dover, inaugurating a still viable and active agricultural industry. Sussex County, Delaware, is the birthplace of the modern broiler chicken industry, beginning with an accidental experiment on Cecile Steele's Ocean View farm in 1923. This agricultural heritage continues; 42 percent of Delaware's land mass remains in farms, despite significant land development since World War II.
ISBN: 9780738544496
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Delaware
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Ed Kee, a fifth-generation Delawarean, is a crops specialist and agricultural program leader for the University of Delaware. He has worked closely with Delaware's farmers and agricultural industry since 1968 and has gathered an engaging collection of historical photographs from state and university archives, museums, and farm family scrapbooks. Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village.
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