Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment

list_farmscapeby Mary Swander, Gene Logsdon, Frederick Kirschenmann, J. Harley McIlrath
with contributing author Anna Blythe Lappé


Farmscape is inspired by the community play which documents the contemporary Midwest farmscape. Savor the taste of organic vegetables on a truck on its way to the local farmers market, suit up in protective clothing and a mask before you enter a hog confinement operation. Experience the David and Goliath story of an organic farmer up against the economic forces of the 3500 acre agri-business operation next door. In the end, you ll understand that during the pioneer days, farming completely changed the ecosystem of the prairie. A hundred and fifty years later, this landscape is dramatically changing again.


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Responses to Farmscape: The Changing Rural Environment:


An inventive and intimate look at the lives of people throughout the spectrum of agriculture.
–Lisa Hamilton,
Author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness

Destined to become an American classic.
–Osha Gray Davidson
Author of Broken Heartland: The Rise of America’s Rural Ghetto

A beautiful, often heart-breaking portrayal of the wrenching changes in Midwestern farming.
–Richard Longworth, senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism