The Palouse

A rolling prairie land, The Palouse is a natural creation dating back 400 million years. A couple of ice ages and the ancient winds of time created this sculpted land of highs and lows of loess.

Until horesless vehicles were invented, the land was to tough to harvest, with the highest hills being 2oo feet high it was not practical to grow crops. Once it was possible the natural reservoir of water in the loess created a wonderful land to grow food. It is here that families own and or farm thousands of acres to plant and harvest the crops that we and the world eat every year.

If you think that there are teams of workers who harvest this vast expanse it is not the case.

In my limited knowledge of the Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative in Boise,  it is the family that does the work. It is the family and perhaps extended family or one hired hand that seeds, harvest and cares for the acres and acres of land. Up early, before sunup and driving the combines and tractor and trucks all day long. It’s hard, backbreaking work in an absolutely gorgeous place.

The land is defined by the lines the combines make in the crops

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