They farmed for a livelihood, raising their own vegetables. What food wasn't preserved by canning, drying, pickling or burying, was peddled to the coal camps around like Fireco and Lillybrook. Most Ghent farmers raised cattle, hogs, and chickens. Before refrigeration they cut some kinds of meat into strips and dried them in the sun, or smoked meat strips over a fire. Pork was often salted, kept in a cool place, then sliced as needed. Wooden barrels were part of the scene to catch rainwater off the roof for washing clothes and cleaning purposes, while the cooking and drinking water was obtained at a spring. About 1934 water was beginning to be piped into the homes from mountain springs.
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