homesteads http://hppr.org en Once upon a time when rain followed the plow http://hppr.org/post/once-upon-time-when-rain-followed-plow <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once upon a time there was a myth that motivated pioneers to go west and settle the Great Plains.&nbsp; Told that rain would follow the plow that they were “changing climate for the better”, these hardy souls broke up vast seas of sod working to make their farming Eden a reality.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 34424 at http://hppr.org Once upon a time when rain followed the plow Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house http://hppr.org/post/unlocking-prairie-secrets-sod-house <p></p><p>Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19<sup>th</sup>century. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.</p><p>Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Jackie Sojico 30513 at http://hppr.org Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house 'Degeneration of the family farm' in photos http://hppr.org/post/degeneration-family-farm-photos <p>Rural roadsides are littered with neglected homesteads, long-ago abandoned. I see them all the time driving across Nebraska. Fallen farmhouses. Blighted barns. Overgrown fencerows. They even have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NeglectedNebraska" target="_blank">fanclub on Facebook</a>.</p><p>For Randy Waln, a graphic design professor at Peru State University in Peru, Neb., there’s something about a rusted-out truck or weed-covered roadway that stokes the imagination.</p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 05:17:27 +0000 Grant Gerlock 23099 at http://hppr.org 'Degeneration of the family farm' in photos