farmers during this time and the stories they shared about what they would do to survive. I found it humbling to learn about how basic needs were very valuable. It wasn't easy before this as many farmers lost money on crops and some were paid to destroy their crops/farm animals. Extreme dryness and bug infestations, made many farmers give up. I believe this is what happened to my families farm. They lived in South Dakota and primarily raised sheep. They moved to California after this climate disaster. They sold whatever they could and abandoned their farm. Many people didn't do this but toughed it out. Other people, left to places like California.
I'm sharing a poet, Ted Kooser, who wrote a poem about his love of his state of Nebraska. I found it interesting how he talks about why he originally wrote the poem, and in writing, he realized something much more profound.