If you were a crop farmer, the barn was most likely red, washed with a paint made from iron oxide, milk and lime (dairy farmers preferred white). In Barns Across America, writer Heber Bouland explored the theories on why red was such a popular color for barns.
Clarence Iwao Nishizu explained in his 1982 oral history interview with Arthur A. Hansen for the California State University - Fullerton (CSUF) Japanese American Oral History Project, "I had four animals, one team of mules and one team of horses; I had four horsepower. These animals had to eat to live. They had to be alive to pull plows and cultivators. My father bought hay from the meager profit of raising vegetables with hard labor."
For many, it was a variety of small crops for "truck farming," with a daily routine of picking, sorting and washing produce before hauling it to market early the next day. Takeo Yamada recalls his younger days were spent constantly working, particularly as the eldest son.
Corn growing on the Furuta family farm "high as an elephant's eye," present day. (Photo, August 2012)
Thinking of moving a barn?, The Barn Journal, National Barn Alliance, http://barnalliance.org/
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