John Peterson is not your average Midwestern farmer. He hosted an arts commune on his family farm in the 1970s before losing most of the farm during the 1980s. Today, after sorting through his farm's crisis and his own internal struggles, Peterson runs Angelic Organics, a community supported agriculture farm in Calegonia, Ill.
Filmmaker Taggart Siegel, a longtime friend, has turned Peterson's story into "The Real Dirt on Farmer John," showing Wednesday at Hallwalls.
"Noticing the ongoing multinational takeover of American farming and betting instead on the future of organic produce, Peterson turned his enterprise into an organic operation, naming the farm Angelic Organics. He was soon invited to become a community supported agriculture (CSA) farmer: “I realized that my whole life had been about community—enabling people, bringing them to the farm, working and playing together, sharing the farm experience.”
"The Real Dirt on Farmer John" is being shown as part of "Food Matters," a four-film series delving into modern United States food production and its effects on people who eat.
Tickets are $6-$8 per film or $20 for a series pass. The shows are at Hallwalls, 341 Delaware Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., film rolls at 7.