My Farm Roots: A Lifelong Work Ethic

Jul 15, 2013

My Farm Roots is a series from Harvest Public Media in which we hear Americans’ stories and memories of rural life. Because when you hail from farm country, roots run deep.

Amy Konishi has lived in Fort Collins, Colo., her entire life. In the 1980s, a local newspaper profiled her and her husband’s long connection to the area.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Amy Konishi started working at six years old digging ditches, planting cantaloupe and sugar beets with her parents, both Japanese immigrants, on their farm outside Rocky Ford, Colorado. Now almost 90-years-old, Konishi has been a constant in a town that has seen much change. Throughout her life Rocky Ford has gone from a bustling produce hub to a struggling farm town. The work ethic drilled into her on the farm never left, she’s still working at the hair salon she owns in town.

Harvest Public Media is a collaboration of WUIS public media stations across the Midwest.  To hear more My Farm Roots stories – or to share your own – visit the Harvest website.