Family Business: An Oral History of Farm Resource Management
Colman, Gould P.
This book is based upon recorded conversations began in 1966 and continued until 1983 with farm people tracing decisions and outcomes—from initial idea to implementation—in a business they owned and operated. “Oral history” was just entering the American lexicon. During this time farm men, women, and children report family-member responses to wide-ranging circumstances confronting their business, such as equipment purchases subject to family control, weather and taxes that defy such control, and others, like courtship, subject to family-member negotiation if not control—but most frequently, some blend of all the foregoing. Some responses seek a short-term solution, while others address long-term business sustainability issues, as when an apprentice prepares for management and ownership, or for departure from the business. Often an interviewee returns to a decision in subsequent conversations, providing an assessment of the implementation’s impact on business performance and family relationships.
Agricultural Economics; Rural Sociology; Gould Colman; dairy farm management