The Genesee Farmer

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The Genesee Farmer was a 19th-century American agricultural periodical based in Rochester, New York. It catered to the interests of the farming community, disseminating information on agriculture, horticulture, and associated domestic and rural affairs.

Publication History

The magazine was first launched in 1831 by Luther Tucker, a prominent publisher of agricultural magazines. The Genesee Farmer was initially issued as a monthly digest, and over the course of its history changed its publication frequency several times in response to the demands and interests of its readership.

Content and Purpose

Similar to many agricultural publications of the time, The Genesee Farmer was devoted to the improvement and prosperity of the farming community. Its content often blended practical farming advice with scientific knowledge, presenting research in agronomy, botany, and other closely related fields in an understandable and applicable manner for farmers.

Format and Sections

The periodical was formatted for convenient reading and ease of reference, featuring distinct sections such as Crop Reports, Farm Management, Horticultural Techniques, and Household Management, among others. Readers could participate by writing letters to the editor, sharing farming experiences, techniques, or queries, which fostered a sense of community and exchange among its readership.


The Genesee Farmer offered crucial insights into 19th-century American agriculture and rural life and was a significant platform for the sharing and propagation of farming techniques and scientific knowledge. Its influence extended far beyond its core audience, helping to shape American agriculture's practices and methods during a critical period of growth and technological advancement.{{Categories}}

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