Jan Weber

As We Sow

"I’m the end. There will be no more farmers in this family. I didn’t want to, but I encouraged my son—don’t farm. Don’t bust your ass for 26 years and end up worse than what you were when you started. It ain’t worth it." –Chris Petersen, Former Hog Farmer. AS WE SOW opens on the desolate winter landscape of the central Iowa plains, and from the very first moments we know something is wrong. Farmhouses sit deserted in the middle of fields planted fencepost-to-fencepost with alternating acres of soybeans and corn; barnyards, where we expect to find chickens, hogs and cows - the staples of the "family farm" - are empty. Animals are inside now, confined in sleek computer-controlled industrial buildings ...