John Ackerman

BioID: 
2
Last Name: 
Ackerman
First Name: 
John
Experience: 
Pumpkin farmer; diversified to preserve family farm
  • Age: 46
  • Interview Dates: 12/19/2007, 11/3/2008
  • Interviewer: Robert Warren, Illinois State Museum
  • Interview Length: 92 minutes Sit-Down Interview, 31 minutes Walk-and-Talk Interview
  • County: Tazewell

To save the family farm, John (Ray Ackerman’s nephew) has transformed it from a typical grain and livestock operation. He now raises a variety of crops (pumpkins, ornamental gourds, mums, apples) and has opened the farm to agritourism.

         Ackerman Family Picnic, 1992Ackerman Family Picnic, 1992                                                              Ackerman Farmhouse, 2007Ackerman Farmhouse, 2007

County: 
Tazewell
Gender: 
Male
Interview Decade: 
2000s
Age at Interview: 
40s