Movie: The Real Dirt on Farmer John

I really want to see this movie but I'm not available the evening of this free showing, so you're on your own unless someone wants to step up and host

The Sammamish Valley Grange #286 will be presenting a free screening of a remarkable documentary about John Peterson of Angelic Organic Farm in Caledonia, Illinois.

The Real Dirt on Farmer John  follows Farmer John's astonishing journey from farm boy, to counter-culture rebel, to the son who almost lost the family farm, to a beacon of today's organic farming movement and founder of one of the nation's largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. The result is a tale that ebbs and flows with the fortunes of the soil and revealingly mirrors changing American times.

But Farmer John is no laconic, Grant Wood-type with a scowl and a pitchfork! Equal parts performance artist, writer and farmer, John Peterson has been known to switch out of his overalls into leopard latex or a purple-feathered boa. This is farmer who stands for what he believes in, sometimes against all odds, and lets his freak flag fly! Check out the movie trailer here, the back story here and (good!) reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

"In the end, it's really an optimistic story about the resurrection of the American soul...and it starts with the soil."
Filmmaker, Taggart Siegel


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