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Bermuda's cultural landscape: farming

Farming has been a part of our cultural landscape since the island was settled in the 1600s. The early settlers attempted to grow tobacco, but were unable to compete against the tobacco growers in Virginia. By the 1840s, under the guidance of Governor Reid, Bermudians began to profit from agriculture. Crops such as potatoes and onions, along with easter lilies were exported to the east coast of the United States. The island's agricultural export industry lasted well into the twentieth century.

Ship building and other maritime activities have also been part of our cultural landscape. The gallery entitled "Bermuda is another world" includes a wide array of images that reflect our cultural identity.
Planting lettuce, Wadson's farm
Planting lettuce, Wadson's farm
West over farm: ploughing the field
West over farm: ploughing the field
Lopes farm: pulling Bermuda potatoes
Lopes farm: pulling Bermuda potatoes
Lopes farm workers
Lopes farm workers
Lopes farm: one day job
Lopes farm: one day job
Tony Lopes of Lopes farm
Tony Lopes of Lopes farm
Truck full of Bermuda potatoes, West over farm
Truck full of Bermuda potatoes, West over farm
Richie of West Over farm
Richie of West Over farm
Lopes farm: bagging carrots
Lopes farm: bagging carrots
Pulling carrots, Lopes farm
Pulling carrots, Lopes farm
Pulling carrots, Lopes farm2
Pulling carrots, Lopes farm2
Tony  Lopes with a bag of Bermuda potatoes
Tony Lopes with a bag of Bermuda potatoes
Planting lettuce, Watson's farm2
Planting lettuce, Watson's farm2
Richie of West Over farm
Richie of West Over farm
washing Bermuda potatoes
washing Bermuda potatoes
sorting Bermuda potatoes
sorting Bermuda potatoes
bagging Bermuda potatoes
bagging Bermuda potatoes
weighing the potatoes
weighing the potatoes
5lb bags of Bermuda potatoes
5lb bags of Bermuda potatoes
5lb bags Bermuda potatoesII
5lb bags Bermuda potatoesII
farm equipment
farm equipment
tractor wheels
tractor wheels
farm equipment
farm equipment
West Over farm gardens at Heydon, Sandys
West Over farm gardens at Heydon, Sandys
cows at Pitman's pond
cows at Pitman's pond
reaping Bermuda potatoes
reaping Bermuda potatoes
Richie Bascome of West Over farm
Richie Bascome of West Over farm
the farmer on the tractor
the farmer on the tractor