Learn about muck farming in Oswego County at Nov. 10 event

A discussion of a book about muck farming in Oswego County will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Springside at Seneca Hill.

Local author Jim Farfaglia will talk about his recently-published book and will present a slideshow with photos used in the book, an overview of why muck farming has been so important to Oswego County and stories told to Farfaglia by local muck farmers.

“The idea for this book started with an event at the Fulton Public Library in March 2012,” Farfaglia explained.

“I was conducting a reading from my book of poems, ‘Country Boy,’ which is about growing up in rural Central New York and working on my uncles’ muck farms. Members of several muck-farm families attended and, after my reading, these farmers started telling stories and comparing experiences from the mucks.

“I saw people nodding in agreement with each anecdote and noticed how one story built upon another. As I listened to the emotion underlying each farmer’s recollections, I knew I wanted to capture their memories.”

Farfaglia proceeded to interview muck farmers, their family members, neighbors, workers and agricultural specialists. Using the interviews, photographs and maps, he created the book.

“I like to say that I compiled and edited the book instead of saying I wrote it,” Farfaglia said. “About 90 percent of the book is the story of the mucks in the interviewees’ own words. After all, the people who lived and worked the mucks should be the ones to tell their story.”

Following the Nov. 10 program, Farfaglia will present a complimentary copy of the book to each farm family he interviewed, introduce the farmers to the audience and take questions about the book.

Refreshments will be served. Because of limited seating, reservations to attend the event are required. Contact Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com to register.

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