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Photo of barn in Temperance, Michigan
位于密西根州门罗郡坦布伦斯(Temperance)的谷仓


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密西根谷仓农庄调查: 四健会(4-H)的早期企划
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因为美国境内的农场正逐渐减少中,所以谷仓也随之减少,而随着它们的消失,有一大部分的美国历史也跟着消失。

虽然经营中的农场数目在减少中,但密西根州仍是美国境内的主要农业大州之一。玉米是密西根州的主要农场作物,但它最负盛名的农产品却是水果业。密西根州的樱桃产量遥遥领先美国其他州,而它也是主要的苹果生产大州。另外,它也常是美国境内的主要干豆生产州。圣诞树是另一个重要的农产品,而密西根境内的森林则生长数量庞大的纸浆用树木。

因为密西根州可以提供如此丰富的农产品,所以四健会俱乐部针对农业用谷仓做了许多研究。藉由密西根州立大学博物馆(Michigan State University Museum)所研发出来的指导手册,四健会俱乐部拍摄及记录了他们各城镇的谷仓及青贮窖。俱乐部的成员们不只保存了现已消失的农业常规,而且他们对他们密西根州的过往历史也更为了解及珍惜。


As the numbers of farms in America disappear, barns are disappearing as well -- and with them a big part of American history.

Even though the number of working farms is declining, Michigan is still one of the nation's leading agricultural states. Corn is Michigan's major field crop, but the state is best known for its fruit production. Michigan leads the nation in the production of cherries, and is a major producer of apples. The state is also usually the leading producer of dry beans in the United States. Christmas trees are another important agricultural product, and Michigan forests produce large quantities of pulpwood products.

Because of all this agricultural activity in Michigan the 4-H Club there did a lot of work studying the architecture of barns. Using a guidebook developed at Michigan State University Museum, 4-H clubs photographed and cataloged the barns and silos of their counties. The club members not only preserved an aspect of their agricultural heritage that is now disappearing, but also they gained a greater awareness and appreciation of their past.

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