Reznicek Farms History Video

This past July my family celebrated our heritage by gathering for a family reunion. My Dad had the idea of putting together a short video demonstrating how drastically farming practices and equipment have changed through the years. What we originally planned as a short 3-5 minute video, became more of a love story for the family farm. We wanted to share what it feels like to be a part of a family farm. The fun, the toys, the work. This video travels through the decades giving each era a moment to shine. Beginning at its inception in the 1930s watch the farm evolve into the modern operation it is today.

This video isn’t perfect, as video is not my expertise, but I’m happy with the turnout! We watched it as a group at our family reunion this past Saturday and there were lots of tears and laughs. The grit and determination of our ancestors do not go unnoticed.

I’m sharing this, because if you are considering putting some time into your family history – farming or not – just do it! You won’t regret it. Here are a few things that helped me persevere and digitize content:

VIDBOX Video Conversion

  • Use this device to connect an old VCR to your computer to digitize old VHS tapes. So easy to use, and worth every penny!

Slide Converter

Scanning

  • Use an actual scanner for old photos if you can! The quality is much better than spending time trying to not get a glare taking a picture of a picture with your phone.

Label – Label – Label

  • Write on the back of photos along the way as you identify what they are. Label VHS tapes, letters, photos, and digital files. Somebody in the future will thank you!
  • I try my best to label all my digital files in the following format: month.day.year_description (my description often includes name, event, action, or location or all four) When I print my photos at Mpix, the digital file name prints on the back of the photo, so if my digital files are named properly the physical copies will be labeled properly as well.
  • Container Store Photo & Craft Storage Carrier This product comes in many shapes and sizes, and is helpful for organizing loose-leaf photos, or ditching albums altogether. I label each individual box within the case to mark the decade and/or category. https://www.containerstore.com/s/iris-16_case-4%22-x-6%22-photo-and-craft-storage-carrier/d?q=photo%20organization&productId=11004246

LegacyBox

  • Send in VHS tapes, reels, and slides if you don’t want to do it yourself, they do it for you.

https://legacybox.com/

I learned so much while working on this project. I’m far from done and will continue to dive into the family history when my time allows. Do you have any tips about preserving family history? Leave your suggestions in the comments, I would love to hear them!

Picking Pumpkins

I finally picked all my pumpkins! A rainy fall delayed the process a bit, and a few of my pumpkins have a little green on them but with the sun shining they will all be bright orange just in time for Halloween. It also gave me a chance to practice my self-timer settings on my camera.

 

Harvesting pumpkins is easily one of the best workouts of the year.

 

Harvest 2016

Another Growing Season has come to a close, and Harvest is complete. I always take a plethora of images throughout Harvest, so here’s a handful of my favorites. Not just John Deere in my Harvest photos anymore – now that I’m officially an Emanuel New Hollands are also finding their way into the path of my lens.

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve! Tonight I will be reminded how thankful I am for friends, family, laughter, church pews, bar stools, Captain Morgan and the Dylan Bloom Band. But what else have I been thankful for this year?

2015 has been one for the books, and when I start to list off the things I am thankful for I can’t seem to stop… I got engaged to my best friend, my sisters family moved back to our hometown, my other sister is pregnant, I saw Garth Brooks in concert and Justin Bieber has finally made a comeback. But to be completely honest the one thing that I am the most thankful for is my farm family … and the fact that I’m marrying into another farm family. This year brought a beautiful harvest, and although grain prices aren’t so great, there is much to be thankful for. Everybody made it through harvest safely, the crop was harvested in a timely fashion, and I was provided with beautiful sunsets that let me go wild with my camera. When everything in the world seems to be going wrong, it’s nice to take my camera and find something to take a picture of that doesn’t bring sadness, hatred or fear into our hearts. The images below are a collection of my favorite photos from this harvest season. I think the world needs a few more farm families to get their priorities straight, but hey I’m biased.

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Don’t get me wrong I’m as basic as they come. I love pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, and scarves … but dusty gravel roads and John Deere tractors are a few of my favorite things about fall.

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This is what happens when you are released into an open field after 8 hours in the combine with Grandpa.

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I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Leviticus 26:4

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I know I said John Deere, but the New Hollands are part of this whole “for better or for worse” part of marriage. 🙂

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Oh hey, that’s my fiance in the grain cart!

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Youth Group Hayrack ride on a Harvest Night.

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The Lord will indeed give what is good and our land will yield its harvest. PSALM 85:12

Until next year… #Harvest16