Drying Beans on the Farm, Sanford, ca. 1900Item 22049 info
Sanford Historical Committee
Farming in Maine preceded the arrival of European settlers in Maine in the early seventeenth century. Some Indians already had been farming, growing beans, squash, and corn.
Early settlers needed to farm for sustenance, growing crops that could feed themselves and their animals.
Farming has changed considerably since the seventeenth century, but remains a factor in Maine's economy and community life.