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Truck Farm Wagon, 1916


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.
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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.
Questions
  1. What are the men doing in the photograph?
Historical Challenge
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.
Resources
  1. Boeres, Francois. Two Centuries of Farming in New York. Cork Hill Press, September 2004. ISBN: 1594082839