A barn raising bee on a farm in the Cottonwood district, north of Pense.
The concept of â€˜freeâ€™ land on the open prairie was a huge incentive for people immigrating to Saskatchewan. However, most immigrants did not realize exactly what lay ahead of them. To change a prairie landscape into crop land producing wheat and other grains took a monumental effort by the homesteaders. They had to contend with an unpredictable climate as well as isolation, vast distances, problems obtaining adequate water, and a never ending list of household and farm chores.
Despite all of these difficulties, the homesteaders created a new life for themselves on the prairie within a short time. Life soon revolved around family, friends, and the institutions that were essential for a comfortable and prosperous life. The homesteadersâ€™ experiences shaped the individualistic as well as the cooperative spirit that came to symbolize life in Saskatchewan.
|Barns; Bees; Pense District|
|R-B12988||1 - A barn raising bee on a farm in the Cottonwood district, north of Pense.|