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Old Farm: A History
Old Farm: A History
Paperback: $24.95
240 pages, 114 photos, 2 maps, 8 x 9"
ISBN: 9780870204067

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press

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By Jerry Apps
Photographs by Steve Apps


One of the Midwest’s best-loved authors tells the story of his land, from the last great glacier that dug out its valleys and formed its hills, to his own family’s forty-year relationship with the beloved farm they call Roshara. In this quiet but epic tale, Apps describes the Native Americans who lived on the land for hundreds of years—tapping the maple trees and fishing the streams and lakes—as well as the first white settlers who tilled its sandy acres, ploughing the native grasses that grew taller than their teams of oxen. For all their work, the farm proved tough to tame. Hardscrabble farming methods—and hard luck—often brought failure, not success.


Jerry Apps has been a rural historian and environmental writer for more than forty years. He is a former county extension agent and professor for the University of Wisconsin College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. He is the author of many books on rural history, country living, and environmental issues, including Old Farm: A History and Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening. Jerry and his wife, Ruth, divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County.

Steve Apps is an award-winning photojournalist with 23 years in the newspaper industry, including his present job as a "Wisconsin State Journal" staff photographer. He enjoys documenting Wisconsin and in particular photographing at the family farm in Waushara County.