Sharing memories of living on farm

Memories of living on a family farm will be the topic of the Coon Rapids Senior Services’ monthly Tea Talk program Wednesday, Aug. 7, 1:30 p.m., at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.

Gayla Marty
Gayla Marty

Author Gayla Marty writes about her family farm near Rush City in the book, “Memory of Trees: A Daughter’s Story of a Family Farm.”

In Marty’s presentation, she will talk about how her great-grandfather created the farm by clearing woodlands in the 1880s and how the farm was passed down to her father, Gordon, and his brother, Gaylon.

The two brothers worked the farm, raising their families in side-by-side houses.

But in her book, Marty writes about the financial tensions that resulted when the farm economy weakened and none of the children were willing or able to take over, the families slowly growing apart.

Marty will talk about the forces that led to the transformation of the American landscape and culture in the last half of the 20th century, as well as share memories about and her strong attachment to family farms.

Refreshments will be served following the program.

The cost is $3. To sign-up call 763-767-6473.