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Documentary Digs 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John'

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Documentary Digs 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John'

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Documentary Digs 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John'

Documentary Digs 'The Real Dirt on Farmer John'

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Illinois farmer John Peterson grew up on the farm, took it over after his father's death, and lost most of it in the '80s, when the bank foreclosed on his loans. Later, during the 90s, he turned the place into a community-supported agriculture venture producing organic food.

Now he's the subject of the documentary The Real Dirt on Farmer John, by filmmaker Taggart Siegel; it includes family movies and photographs from John's life and the life of the farm, and it's being shown in limited release in theaters across the country. This interview first aired on June 7, 2006.

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