Real Time Farming

Real Time Farming

“Real Time Farming” is a website that follows the lives of six ordinary rural Canadians as they cleared land, explored nature, and raised animals and families in 19th-century Prince Edward Island. In 2012, the Twitter account (@realtimefarming) tweeted the diary entries of farmers and naturalists in real time, and the blog commented on some of the more critical updates. From the family oriented updates of a farmer’s daughter to the wildlife observations of farmer-naturalist Francis Bain, these entries made by tired, timestrapped, and sometimes barely literate writers document how Canadians stayed warm and fed in a world without oil and shed new light on their relationship with the environment.

Sketch of a Morning Glory by farmer-naturalist Francis Bain,  August 29, 1879, Source: Public Archives and Records Office  of PEI, Acc. 2353/90-91

Sketch of a Morning Glory by farmer-naturalist Francis Bain,
August 29, 1879, Source: Public Archives and Records Office
of PEI, Acc. 2353/90-91

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