Winner of the Minnesota E book Award and the Purple River Background Award!

The Haymakers is an epic—the historical past of guy’s battle with nature in addition to guy’s battle in opposition to machines. It relates the tale of farmers and their responsibilities to their households, to the animals they fed, and to the land they tended. However The Haymakersis additionally an elegy—to an approach to life speedy disappearing from our panorama. In essentially the most heartfelt essays, Hoffbeck chronicles his personal circle of relatives’s battle to carry onto their circle of relatives farm and his non-public battle in determining to go away farming for otherwise of lifestyles.

Hoffbeck additionally seeks to report and keep the common strategies of haymaking, details about haying that would possibly differently be misplaced to posterity. He describes the equipment and the strategies of haymaking in addition to the relentless calls for of the farm. The use of diaries, agricultural guidebooks and private interviews, the folkways of reducing, raking, and harvesting hay had been recorded in those chapters. In any case, this E book isn’t such a lot approximately agricultural historical past as it’s approximately circle of relatives historical past, non-public historical past—how farm households live on, even persevere.