The New Berlin Historical Society is home to an archive of photos and documents from the Swartz family, whose experimental farming methods at Cornfalfa Farms in Waukesha County gained national recognition in the 1910s and 20s. The Swartzes led the way in making alfalfa a viable crop in the state, earning Peter C. Swartz the nickname “Alfalfa King of Wisconsin.”
The Society has recently digitized a series of glass lantern slides and photographs that document the many steps involved in growing alfalfa at Cornfalfa Farms, from plowing and seeding to fertilizing and harvesting. Peter C. Swartz used the slides to illustrate his presentations to the Wisconsin Farmers’ Institutes and other educational events for farmers across the state.
Read more about Cornfalfa Farms and the Swartz family in Libbie Nolan, “Alfalfa Seeded in County History,” New Berlin Citizen, August 18, 1983.