Daily life on the farm

Herbert Hunt maintained a detailed record of life at Hedgerows in numerous diaries and account books. Beginning at the time of his arrival in Saskatchewan, Hunt diligently recorded weather conditions, crop prices, farm assets, labour and outputs, travel to neighbouring areas, and community events. Hunt’s observations offer a rich account of the quotidian, as experienced by an immigrant settler.  

The rest of Farm Account Book 1931, as well as Hunt's other diaries, records, and receipts can be found in the York University Libraries Digital Repository.

Wheat contract - 1927

Wheat contract - 1927

Wheat was the primary crop produced at Hedgerows. With an overview of the responsibilities of wheat growers, this 1927 contract between Hunt and Saskatchewan Wheat Pro­­ducers Limited marks the end of his mandatory apprenticeship.

Photograph of Jessica Hunt  - between 1926 and 1936

Photograph of Jessica Hunt - between 1926 and 1936

A photograph of Jessica Hunt at Hedgerows, with a dog and some chickens.

Diary entries - September 1929

Diary entries - September 1929

These diary entries from September 1, 1929 to September 26, 1929 document a month from Hunt’s second year as an independent farmer. Recorded on repurposed paper, they are telling of the scarcity of goods during the time period. 

Account book - 1931

Account book - 1931

Hunt kept this account book between January 1, 1931 and March 31, 1932. View the entire book here.

Hand-drawn map of Hedgerows - between 1927 - 1936

Hand-drawn map of Hedgerows - between 1927 - 1936

This hand-drawn map of Hedgerows depicts some of the labour that went into Hunt’s maintenance of the farm.  

Maclean's editorial - 15 August 1937

Maclean's editorial - 15 August 1937

Acquired after Hunt’s return to England, this Maclean's editorial he kept documents the hardships faced by Canadian farmers during his stint as a settler.