The Smithsonian website offers these suggestions for story ideas, too:
-Do you have photographs of walking the beans, de-tasseling corn, selecting seeds and other such experiences? Has the expense of hybrid seeds been worthwhile? When did you first bring new hybrids to the farm?
-From the farm auctions, to crop insurance, or just buying seed, there are many financial stories to tell and photos to share. What are livestock auctions like?
-Innovations in tracking and monitoring continue to make the American food supply one of the safest in the world. Have you done anything new or experimental in the field of food safety? How are things done differently now vs. in the past?
-How has raising livestock and poultry changed? Has your life been affected by new techniques in animal production? How does it differ from 30 years ago?
-Ranch hands, migrant workers, and the help of family members once provided much of the labor to raise and harvest crops. Today sophisticated machinery and herbicides resistant plants have changed the nature of the enterprise. How has your life changed? Do you miss the old days?
After sending in your story and photos, someone from the archive team will confirm your submission within 24 hours, and later send another email when your story appears in the archive website.
The first group of archived stories will be on view for the public on the Smithsonian website in the "browse stories" module on April 15.
If you need some help to get started, give me a call or shoot me an email. I know we have some great Minnesota farm family stories and experiences to share so let's get 'published.'