Big Red Barn Oral History


This farm has transformed over the years, from the 250-acre Bergstrom Family Farm established in 1902, to our 5-acre urban organic family farm that started 10 years ago. Here’s more about the Bergstroms.

Bergstrom Family

Bergstrom Family

Thousands of people have visited the farm. From creatives like, Matthew McConaughey and the Coen Brothers, to students from local and national schools, and even international visitors; those who have step foot on our farm have created lasting relationships with the farm a number of ways.

Each person has their own unique experience and connection with Green Gate. Whether it’s the animals, vegetables, barn, fields, weeding, or a special event that brought you out here, we want to know what makes Green Gate Farms special for YOU.

As the beloved icon of the farm, we are centering this oral history project around the Big Red Barn. This centerpiece of our farm was built in 1902 and is one of the last working Swedish mule barns in the area.

Starting in September, we will be hosting our Big Red Barn Oral History “Barn Talk.” Everyone who comes to the farm will be invited into our studio room (a.k.a. the barn hayloft) to share their stories. You can choose to be recorded by audio or both audio/video.

Our goal is to create a compilation of recorded stories that will paint the full picture of the history of this farm and show why so many people love coming here. Come share your stories. We are ready to listen!

Big Red Barn Oral History 'Barn Talk' Schedule
  • Friday, January 8
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sunday, January 10
    • 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Friday, January 15
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sunday, January 17
    • 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Friday, January 22
    • 2:00pm-4:00pm

Please e-mail Alex Connett at to schedule a time slot. If the times listed above don’t work for your schedule, please e-mail an alternative date and time and we will try to coordinate extra recording sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need to bring anything for the recording session?

A: No, unless you have a special object (art piece, craft project, fossil, rock, favorite vegetable or trinket) that you got from the farm and it would assist in your story telling.

Q: What should I wear if I am going to be filmed on camera?

A: No special requirements; just be comfortable

Q: Should I rehearse my story before hand so I know what to say before I am recorded?

A: Yes, it helps to have a list of date or key points to reduce number of interruptions to our filming. 

Q: Do I need to sign anything that authorizes Green Gate Farms and New Farm Institute to use the recorded stories on their behalf?

A: Yes, you can view a copy of the Oral History Release FormYou can print and sign it before you come, or there will be pre-printed copies here at the farm.

Q: Where will these recordings be used/posted?

A: These recorded stories are for educational and historical purposes, which may include a podcast series linked to our website, a video series through New Farm Media, or as part of a documentary that highlights the farm’s history.