From the early 1800’s until the Industrial Revolution, agriculture was the primary source of a family’s livelihood in Michigan. Self-sufficient, family farmsteads dotted the landscape all across the state. Educational farms are a great place to learn about the agricultural traditions of Michigan farm families. Some feature farm museums that display historical farming implements and machinery, while others offer classes, such as canning or beekeeping and other time-honored techniques. Many farms offer horse-drawn wagon rides, which was once the primary mode of transportation for farmers, and for carrying field crops and delivering them to market.