News About Gordon
Honorary Chapter FFA Degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston Collegiate FFA for preserving Farm Heritage and promoting Agricultural Literacy through literature.
Review of A Farm Country Silo Filling
by Mary Ann Grossman in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sunday, December 20, 2015. Click HERE.
Article about Gordon in the
AgriNews. Click HERE.
Article about Gordon in the Pioneer Press. Click HERE.
Review by Jeri L. Dobrowski in Cowboy Jam Session: Western Culture News & Reviews. Click HERE.
Article in St. Paul Pioneer Press, "A former farm kid shares his stories of growing up in Lakeville." Click HERE.
Prologue to Farm
Imagine an era
that’s diff’rent from now,
When times were not better,
but pleasing, somehow.
It’s the year 1950,
when farming was done
By Mother and Father
and Daughter and Son.
by Gordon W. Fredrickson
Reader Views Literary Award Winners
If I Were a Farmer Awarded first place in the children – toddler to 5 category
Farm Country Halloween Awarded second place in the children – early reader (6 to 8)
To Schedule an Event call or email the author
Click HERE to email the author or call 952-797-6169.
Generally, the author charges only $25 for the first program at a facility and $20 for each additional program done the same day. To offset travel expenses, we ask for $.50 per round-trip miles, which is the round trip miles from author's home near Lakeville, MN to your facility X $.50.
The author requests that he be allowed to offer his books for sale before and after the programs.
During his program, pictures of the past and colorful illustrations from the books are shown on a large screen as Gordon performs an introduction, a prologue, a story, and explains why he writes about farming and how his stories encourage farm pride, enhance agricultural literacy, and preserve farm heritage. The program can be as long or short as the host wishes, but standard programs listed in the “What is an Event” tab range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. Question and answer sessions are as long as the host's schedule permits.
All of Gordon's books are based on actual farm activities and loaded with real-life details of farm life, which never fails to delight audiences of all ages.
The entire family will enjoy Gordon’s Farm Hertitage presentations because his aim is not to explain the routine or technical aspects of farming, but instead, his goals are to entertain audiences with photographs projected on a large screen paired with stories that evoke memories and laughter for those who have some farm experience and to enlighten those people who do not. For young people, his programs serve to stimulate curiosity for the ways of past generations of farmers.
Some past presentations by Gordon include the following events:
The Northland Oliver Club (2011 & 2015), Green Prairie Classic Iron Club, Two-Cylinder Club, Kichi Saga Swedish Club, Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, St. Rosa Lions Club, Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning, Vine Senior Center, Daughters of the American Revolution, Shepherds of the Cannon Valley, Southwestern Minnesota Reading Council, Southeast Minnesota Reading Council, Bernadotte 4-H Club, Chub Lake Beavers 4-H Club, Cub Scout Pack 445, Stillwater Woman’s Reading Club, Prime Time Over 55 Club, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Senior Saints, Tuesday Morning Group Lennox Community Center, West Central Christian Seniors, Rosemount Area Seniors, Hayes Community & Senior Center, Lakeville Senior Center, Highview Christiania Lutheran Church
Wadena Historical Society, Bloomington Historical Society, Lakeville Area Historical Society, Watowan County Historical Society, Cold Spring Area Historical Society, Big Stone County Historical Society, Cannon Falls Historical Society, Zumbrota Historical Society, Taylors Falls Historical Society, Scott County Historical Society, Mower County Historical Society, Verndale Historical Society, Chisago County Historical Society, Minnesota City Historical Society, Stevens County Historical Society, Hector Historical Center, Glenwood Area Historical Society (Wisconsin),
Gordon’s Agricultural Literacy & Farm Heritage presentations to schools help not only to teach students about farming, how farming affects them, and their own farm heritage, but also serves to inspire them to learn more. Each spring since 2012 the Collegiate Future Farmers of America (CFFA) from the University of Minnesota Crookston, through donations from agri-businesses, arrange school presentations at schools in the northwestern area of Minnesota. The CFFA then sell Gordon’s books as a fundraiser for the CFFA and the local school FFA chapter. Gordon also does presentations at schools in southwest and west central Minnesota through the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperatives.
Many schools schedule Gordon for an annual event for a specific grade.
Annual school presentations include:
Red Pine Elementary School, Eagan, MN - Grade 2, since 2010
Chatfield Elementary School, Belle Plaine, MN - Twice a year for A Farm Country
Halloween and A Farm Country Christmas Eve - Grade 1, since 2011
Cedar Creek Community School, Cedar, MN - Grade 1, since 2011
Eagle Creek Elementary School, Shakopee, MN - Grade 4, since 2013
Cannon Falls Elementary School, Cannon Falls, MN - Sponsored by Shepherd’s Center
of the Cannon Valley www.shepherdscenter.info
through a grant from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Grade 1, since 2014