farm roots en My Farm Roots: Touch the ground <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>As a young man, Elisha Pullen never imagined he would spend his days on the farm.</p><p>Growing up near rural Bell City in southeastern Missouri’s “Bootheel” region, Pullen longed to leave the farm and get an education.</p><p>“I grew up in the day and time when we had to do a lot of chopping and stuff like that. Hard labor,” Pullen said. “I’m going to college, I’m getting my degree and I’m going to work in the air conditioning.” Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jacob McCleland 34634 at My Farm Roots: Touch the ground Still farming, despite disability <p></p><p>One sign that you have strong farm roots is when your rural road is named for your family.</p><p>I met Steve Quandt on Quandt Road, north of Grand Island, Neb., on the farm that used to belong to his grandfather. It’s the place he remembers spending days as a kid, from morning to night, helping milk cows, work the fields and repair machinery.</p><p>He followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, building his own farming operation. But that path was suddenly interrupted nearly six years ago.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 20612 at Still farming, despite disability My Farm Roots: Grateful to be home <p></p><p>Rose Alderson is a bright-eyed, energetic grandmother who loves her home a few miles outside of Nickerson, Kan. It’s the home her father was raised in and where she raised her kids, but the house is not the most important part of the Alderson place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Alderson loves the barn and the silo. Neither building plays much of a role on the farm anymore, but to Rose, they are the soul of the place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 06:50:28 +0000 Frank Morris 6330 at My Farm Roots: Grateful to be home