The flowing contours of the upper tributaries of Henry Creek contrast sharply with the imposed squares and rectangles of the roads, fields, and boundaries of the human geography. The creek tributaries reflect the force of water and gravity on landscape over centuries. The human settlement pattern expresses the history of frontier surveying and land ownership. Farms such as Janzen Family Farms were put down during the Homestead Act, or as a result of the transfer of ownership from the Santa Fe Railroad’s alternate section checkerboard, to land buyers.
The 2012 T-shirt design by Chuck Regier shows the farm’s grid-like layout over the vein-like pattern of the creek’s tributaries. This shows that daily, seasonal, and annual farming is an exercise at meshing the two endlessly interweaving and often clashing natural and human systems.
“Henry Creek Flour Mill” is the name we use for the part of the operation that has produced stone ground organic flour, which helps us keep in mind the natural side of the equation. (As of Spring 2017 we are not currently producing flour on site.)
The original aerial photograph and map of the upper Henry Creek region were made available to Janzen Family Farms by Justin Kneisel and Vanessa Walker of the Butler county Natural Resources Conservation Service.
John Janzen models the 2012 JFF T-shirt design including elements of the Henry Creek map.
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