Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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Technology Is Always Evolving in the Field

By Brian Milne, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Communications, The Holloway Group The agriculture industry has done some remarkable things over...
Pyrenees French Bakery

French Bakery Revival at the Kern County Museum

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum When the Laxague Family decided to build a new...
The Lucky Spot honky-tonk

The Bakersfield Sound: The Music That Put Kern on the Map

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum More than a million Americans were forced to move...

A Century in Produce: Giumarra Companies

Audrey Hill, Valley Ag Voice The year was 1922 when the Giumarra Companies began. Since their start at the Los Angeles Union...
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The Pomegranate: Fruit of Myth and Legend

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum One of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world,...
Dutton family photo, Jane: bottom-center

Remembering a Dust Bowl Darling: Mary “Jane” Dutton Maxwell

By Andrea Compagnoni Wright, Valley Ag Voice Jane, the youngest of nine children, was born June 30, 1930, in a farming community...

An Environmental Vision

By Scott Hamilton, President, Hamilton Resource Economics Environmentally, the San Joaquin Valley is very different from what it was 170 years ago....
“Champion Basquaerie Marsous, Great Pyrénées” (Edwin Megargee)

Man’s Best Friend…On the Farm

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum  Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum Anyone who has owned a country house or lived...
Entrance to the Colony (Kern County Museum)

The Rosedale Colony: Land Speculation, English Gentry and Water Rights

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum If you drive out highway 58 west from Bakersfield,...
Peacock Dairy advertisement

Early Days of Kern County Dairy Production

By Mike McCoy, Executive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum I was nosing around in the museum’s archives the...
Kern Island Canal headgate

Colonel Baker: The Engineer Who Tamed the Valley

By Mike McCoyExecutive Director, Kern County Museum Mike McCoy Executive Director, Kern County Museum The story of agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley is...
Sunkist packing house, about 1900

The Second California Gold Rush: Oranges in Kern County

By Mike McCoyExecutive Director, Kern County Museum Digging through the Kern County Museum’s Library, one of my favorite old books is A...
Henry Millers house

The Land Barons Versus the Water Barons

By Mike McCoyKern County Museum Mark Twain once famously said, “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting.” With the increasing...
man shearing sheep

The Lambs That Won the West

By Mike McCoy, Kern County Museum While Hollywood has traditionally celebrated the cowboy in motion pictures and television, there is a strong argument...
potatoes

When Potatoes Were King

By Mike McCoyKern County Museum A recent visit to the Shafter Depot Museum, with a long lunch with curator Stan Wilson, yielded...
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Hot Days, Warm Nights and Sweet Wine

Four young easterners came out to California in 1849 following the siren call of gold. John Tone, David Hudson, Charles Valentine and John Stevens planted a vineyard North of Stockton remembering the vineyards of New York. Although the early Spanish missions of California also cultivated grapes and had significant wine production, this was the first effort of Anglo-Americans to bring wine grapes to the southern San Joaquin Valley. This effort was soon followed by brothers William and George West who established a nursery and vineyard in Stockton in 1852.

The Shafter Cotton Research Station: 97 Years of Innovation

The general public is blissfully unaware of how much science is involved in agriculture and how science defines the industry. With...

More than a Farmer’s Wife

An amazing woman has come to my attention. Her name is Jean Hardy and she was the daughter of a farmer,...

The Rosedale Colony: Land Speculation, English Gentry And Water Rights

By Mike McCoy, Kern County Museum If you drive out Highway 58 west from Bakersfield, you will see a line of ancient...
Shafter Camp 1939” Photo: Dorothea Lange. U. S. National Archives

Farm Labor Camps: A Look Back at How America Solved the Crisis...

By: Mike McCoy Kern County Museum Providing housing for seasonal agricultural workers has been a traditional obligation of the employer or at least...