Six Generation Farm in the Burr Oak Bottom
Published: May 8, 2012
Original Presentation- May 8, 2012 Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport
“Six Generation Farm in the McBaine Bottom” –by Boone County farmer John Sam Williamson, who farms in the McBaine bottom near Huntsdale
John Sam Williamson’s family has been farming the McBaine bottoms along the Missouri River for six generations. They’ve fought floods, droughts and the changes of the river while taking care of the rich bottomland and growing food for the country.
There’s a lot going on in the McBaine bottoms, including Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area, the Columbia Water Treatment Plant and well field and the much revered site of the state record bur oak tree, which Williamson and his family have been taking care of for generations. Williamson is also the president of the McBaine Levee and Drainage District and treasurer of the Boone County Fire Protection District.
John shared some of his family history in the area and bring the story to the present, where changes in the management of the Missouri River mean changes in the ways farmers deal with levees.
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- “The Big Tree in McBaine” Facebook page
- “Bur Oak is carved up by vandals” – article in Columbia Tribune – 3-12-11
- “Arborists work to preserve McBaine bur oak tree” – article in Columbia Missourian – 6-30-09
- “McBaine bur oak tree DNA to be preserved” – article in Columbia Missourian – 6-4-08
- Columbia Missourian Fact Page on McBaine bur oak tree
The Big Muddy Speaker Series in Rocheport
is hosted by these wonderful partners.
- Missouri River Relief
- Friends of Big Muddy
- Columbia Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (USFWS)
- Les Bourgeois Vineyards
- Big Muddy National Fish & Wildlife Refuge
Special thanks to Les Bourgeois Vineyards for giving us the opportunity to use their beautiful space overlooking the Missouri River. All speakers are presenting for free! Thank you all for sharing your knowledge with us! Click here for a list of upcoming presentations» The Big Muddy Speaker Series also takes place monthly in Kansas City and St. Charles.