The Lake Dick Cooperative Association in Arkansas was a New Deal Project and consisted of the heads of each resident household, with each member holding one share of stock. This Association controlled all commercial and agricultural activities at Lake Dick. As a benevolent cooperative, the Association leased the entire 3,453 acre farm from the Federal government.
Each family had four acres for a home, yard, and small vegetable garden, the crop-producing land itself was jointly owned and jointly cultivated by all resident families. A cooperative work system was arranged whereby each farmer was assigned a job by the Association’s elected officials. Whether a man worked in cultivation of the land, raising livestock, cutting timber, or operating one of the community services, he received cash wages bi-weekly from the Association.
All farmers on this project are young Arkansas farmers selected from all parts of the state as seen in the photographs below taken by photographer Dorothea Lange Aug. 1939
These farmers are about to begin cooperative cultivation of cotton at Lake Dick project, Arkansas taken by photographer Dorothea Lange 1938
Farmer loading strippings from sorghum into wagon, Lake Dick Project, Arkansas by photographer Russell Lee September 1938
Farmers’ cooperative association making sorghum. Lake Dick Project, Arkansas by Russell Lee September 1938
Farmer adjusting mask to avoid dust in haying operations. Lake Dick Project, Arkansas by Russell Lee Oct 1938
Below Images are of some Members of the Lake Dick Project, Arkansas taken by Russell Lee Sep. – Oct. 1938
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