An American Family Farm Through The Seasons
March 3, 2009 The Griffieon family grows corn, soybeans and livestock on 1,150 acres near Ankeny, Iowa. Craig and LaVon Griffieon are thinking about future generations on the farm as well as their debate over which is better: chemicals and genetically modified seeds or organic farming.
January 2, 2009 Each year, the Griffieons net about $5,000 from the cattle, hogs, chickens and turkeys they raise on their farm. Craig Griffieon tends to the cattle, while his wife, LaVon, and daughter Autumn sell the meat. Autumn says she gets attached to the animals, but the money helps reconcile her feelings.
October 13, 2008 The Griffieons, who run a 1,150-acre farm in Iowa, disagree about whether to use chemicals on their corn and soybeans. They reserve a 10-acre plot for experiments with organic farming, but the crop yield wasn't as hearty as those sprayed with pesticides.
July 31, 2008 The Griffieons taught their four children, ages 15 to 25, how to run their 1,150-acre farm in Ankeny, Iowa, in hopes they'll eventually take it over. The siblings' distinct personalities are reflected in how they approach the farm — and may determine their eventual role in running it.
June 23, 2008 The Griffieon family's Ankeny, Iowa, farm avoided the floods that devastated much of the Midwest. But the disaster has driven up food prices, and the Griffieons worry about their role in the crisis — and whether it's ethical to sell their corn for ethanol.
May 27, 2008 Craig and LaVon Griffieon planted corn this spring on more than 100 acres of their farm in Ankeny, Iowa. With fewer and fewer American families living on farms, the annual gamble of spring planting has become a remote — almost exotic — experience.
April 28, 2008 The Griffieons have owned a farm for five generations and are training their three children to take it over. But the couple has differing views on whether or not to sell genetically modified products and treat their produce with herbicides and pesticides.