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  • Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Crops of the Pacific Northwest
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  • Richard D. Scheuerman and Alexander C. McGregor
  • 2013
  • Published by: Washington State University Press
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Using imported heirloom grains and fruits, Spanish explorers, fur traders, missionaries, and some Native Americans planted subsistence gardens in the Pacific Northwest. After immigration surged in 1843, it took a surprisingly short time for the region’s fertile lands to become a commercial agricultural powerhouse. Demand for food exploded with the industrial revolution as well as the urbanization of Europe and eastern America, and the doors of international export opened wide. Agribusiness expanded to meet the need. By 1890, advancements in mechanization, seed quality, irrigation, and sustainable practices had spurred a farming boom. Columbia Basin irrigation and the development of synthetic fertilizers, as well as Cooperative Extension efforts and impressive work by agricultural researchers greatly boosted regional production. Harvest Heritage explores the people, history, and major influences that shaped and transformed the Pacific Northwest’s flourishing agrarian economy.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Foreword
  2. Richard Coon Jr.
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Fur Trade Farming
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. The British-Russian Contract
  2. pp. 19-32
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  1. Missions and Migrations
  2. pp. 33-46
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  1. Frontier Farming to Global Trade
  2. pp. 47-74
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  1. Cradles to Combines
  2. pp. 75-98
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  1. Hybridization at Home and Abroad
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. Grass, Grains, and the Green Revolution
  2. pp. 119-130
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  1. Epilogue: Swords into Plowshares
  2. pp. 131-136
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  1. Appendices
  1. Appendix I: The Puget Sound Agricultural Company
  2. pp. 139-141
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  1. Appendix II: Pacific Northwest Heritage Grain Development Chronology
  2. pp. 142-144
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  1. Appendix III: Pacific Northwest Wheat Varieties and Prevalence (1919/1920)
  2. p. 145
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  1. Appendix IV: Gaines Wheat Pedigree
  2. p. 146
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  1. Appendix V: List of Northwest Heirloom Grains
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Endnotes
  2. pp. 151-164
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 165-177
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 178-186
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