The Real Dirt on Farmer John is a comeback story of the most fascinating kind. The documentary begins with Farmer John tasting the dirt on his farm and ends with him dancing around the farm dressed up as a honey bee! In between is the story of one man's struggle to keep his family's farm alive and prospering during the most harrowing times. Because the Peterson family documented many years on film, the film captures your interest and brings the characters to life before your eyes. The Midwest farming community's efforts to stay alive and it's transformation to meet the challenges of today's eco friendly market is what this story is about. However, it goes beyond the obvious, taking us into the personal battles of a man who does not fit the "mold" of an average farmer, and his attempt to carry on the family tradition that is part of his heritage. Stay with this one. It's worth the ride.
Then, check out Farmer John's Cookbook: the real dirt on vegetables. And much more at the PBS website, Independent Lens.