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Truck Farm Wagon, 1916

Truck Farming, Loading Potatoes and Cabbages, Near Jamaica, New York

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_C10384
Document Description
Men loading potatoes and cabbages onto a wagon at a truck farm near the town of Jamaica, Long Island, New York, 1916.
What are the men doing in the photograph?
What type of transportation replaced a wagon to get the vegetables to market?
How would the change in transportation technology affect the production and sale of vegetables?
Historical Challenges
How did the term "truck farming" originate? (Hint: Some sources disagree.)
Interdisciplinary Connections
Science: Investigate the nutritional benefits of the types of foods offered by the truck farms.
English Language Arts: You are the owner of a truck farm. Create a poster that would persuade people to buy items from your truck farm.
Boeres, Francois. Two Centuries of Farming in New York. Cork Hill Press, September 2004. ISBN: 1594082839
Love, Ann. Farming. Buffalo, NY: Kids Can Press, 1998. ISBN: 1550744518
Haywood, John, ed. Work, Trade, and Farming Through the Ages. New York: Lorenz, 2001. ISBN: 0754808173
Thomas, Eric. A Farm Through Time. New York: Dorling Kindersley Pub., 2001. ISBN: 0789479028
Ward, Stasia. I Live on a Farm (Kids in their Communities). New York: PowerKids Press, 2000. ISBN: 0823954382


About this Activity


Lesson Topic:

Historical Context
A truck farm was a farm that produced vegetables to be sold at the market.  Crops grown on truck farms included tomatoes, melons, onions, strawberries, citrus fruit, potatoes, and green vegetables.
Essential Question
How does geography impact local economies?
Check for Understanding
Describe the scene in the photograph and explain the process by which farmers were able to sell their produce.