SEGMENT: RETIREMENT, WOMEN'S WORK, & REFLECTIONS
Judy Stark>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 19
- Do not have a plan for retirement. They have not considered it. Uncle still farms at 74. Have no plans but to stay where they are and do what their doing now.
- Have new stove, refrigerator, microwave. Recalls story about a fridge breaking during dinner. Dishwasher. 2 Freezers.
- When they had steer butchered they kept the meat from the whole steer.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Judy has a small garden. Gotten smaller since she's been working. Never done canning, never learned. Used to freeze. Does shopping in DeKalb at Eagle. Grocery bills are approx. $110 per week.
- They traded their house and 1 acre of land in Cloverdale for the first farm they bought. Esmond and Malta farm was bought in late 1970s. Another farm has more buildings and a house that her brother lives in. This farm was bought last year.
- NON-FARM WORK
- Brother is not a farmer, drives a gravel truck. Husband helps out Uncle Harry with the farming if he needs it. Ron does not work off the land.
- Farming in DeKalb country since 1986, times are not that good but her family is doing alright. She has a good life as do her children. Hopes that things pick up so her husband can continue to farm and carry on the family tradition with her son. She loves living in the country.