Best of Farmer John Press

The media listings here tend to cover Farmer John's life and creations in a broad way. These stories typically include a broad sweep of Farmer John's life; they are not limited to just farming, the film, or one of his books. Think synergy.




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Los Angeles Times
July 27, 2007
"Inspiring 'Farmer John' is both one man's story and a telling look at American agriculture" by Kevin Crust
If a man declared that he enjoyed working the land and getting dirty, you'd probably assume he were a farmer. If the same man took a bite from a handful of soil, proclaimed it tasty and then confessed to a proclivity for prancing about in glitzy, theatrical costumes, you might think him eccentric but you'd want to know more.
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The Seattle Times
July 20, 2007
"The Real Dirt one far-out farmer's heartwarming story" by Jeff Shannon
When you consider that John Peterson embodies many of the All-American values you'd find in a Norman Rockwell painting, it's a bit jarring to think that most of his rural neighbors used to suspect "Farmer John" of drug running, orgies and Satan worship on his family's multi-generational farm in northern Illinois.
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The New Yorker
June 25, 2007
"THE FILM FILE: The Real Dirt on Farmer John" by Shauna Lyon
[Peterson's] story offers an example not only of the spiritual value of honoring one's provenance but also of how sustained effort can lead to greatness...
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The New York Times
June 21, 2007
"A Look at Loss and Reinvention" by Jeanette Catsoulis
Firmly anchored by its protagonist's love of the land, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" offers one man's extraordinary life as a gateway to a larger history of tragedy and transition. It's an unflinching account of what farming takes -- and, more important, what it gives back...
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Time
June 21, 2007
"The Al Gore of Community Farming" by S. James Snyder
John Peterson knows a thing or two about the struggles of the family farm. After losing his northern Illinois farm, and a sizeable majority of his land, in the 1980s due to a combination of skyrocketing interest rates, mounting bank loans and underperforming crops...
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The Village Voice
June 20th, 2007
"Tracking Shots: The Real Dirt on Farmer John" by Julia Wallace
...the agrarian fantasy is so compelling here that the revitalization of the American family farm begins to seem not just possible, but probable...
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Food & Wine Magazine
June 19, 2007
"Think The Grapes of Wrath meets The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test..."
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Washington Post
June 7, 2006
It had to happen. In a world where chefs are standard television fare and college kids demand fresh-from-the-field food in their dining halls, celebrity farmers were the inevitable next step. And John Peterson is a natural...
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USA Today
June 5, 2006
Farmer John, Angelic Organics and the Farmer John’s Cookbook were profiled in this article in USA Today on June 5.

The Vegetable Growers News
June, 2006
"Fame and Farming" by Scott Christie
"Farmer John" Peterson and filmmaker Taggart Siegel stood in the fields of Angelic Organics in 1996, and the only thought going through their minds was, "How did this happen?"
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Bioneers
April, 2006
"The Real Dirt on Farmer John" - an interview by Arty Mangan with John Peterson
John Peterson is a Midwestern, a third generation farmer who nearly lost all his land in the 1980's. With a unique perspective and creative spirit, he survived tough times and now runs one of the largest CSA's in the country, Angelic Organics. His story is told in the wonderful and outlandish documentary, The Real Dirt On Farmer John. John was interviewed by Arty Mangan of Bioneers. As asked of Farmer John by Arty Mangan… "In 1950 the Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Benson said to farmers, 'Get big or get out'’; his 1970s successor, Earl Butts said, 'Adapt or die'. How has the farming community around you changed over the decades that you've been farming?"
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The Chicago Reader
January 20, 2006
"The Misfit Farmer" by Harold Henderson
John Peterson didn't get along with his neighbors, but he refused to move, even after he practically lost the family farm. Now...
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Movies & More, RobertEbert.com
January 20, 2006
"The Real Dirt on Farmer John" (3 1/2 stars out of 4) by Robert Ebert
This is a loving, moving, inspiring, quirky documentary...visionaries like Peterson are finding a way back to the land.
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"The Misfit Farmer" by Harold Henderson
John Peterson didn't get along with his neighbors, but he refused to move, even after he practically lost the family farm. Now...
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Vision Magazine
January, 2006
"It's the Talk of the Town: The Real Dirt on Farmer John" by Lindsay O'Connor
Back home, they still tell me that there’s no place like home. When they say this, I tend to recline on a particular memory from years ago: the eve of my entrance into the annals of adulthood.
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Beloit College Magazine
Fall/Winter, 2005
"Home Ground: Farmer John Gets Down to the Real Dirt" by David Tenenbaum
In the opening frames of the film The Real Dirt on Farmer John, John Peterson’72 does something shocking. The audience always laughs, but always with a squeamish undercurrent. John’s odd action gives a taste—literally—of what audiences are in for at the start of this personal and highly revealing documentary about a Midwestern original...
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Radio

The Restaurant Guys - June, 2006

"Farmer John Peterson" - A Radio Interview with The Restaurant Guys
Farmer John Peterson talks to the Guys about the film, his new cookbook and the transformation of his farm. Original broadcast date: Tuesday, June 13, 2006
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National Public Radio: Fresh Air from WHYY, with Terry Gross - June 7, 2006

"A Legend In His Own Field: Farmer John" - An Interview (& article)
As told in a new documentary, The Real Dirt on Farmer John, the story of John Peterson is an allegory for the woes of family farmers -- and the triumphant return to traditional artisan farming that is giving new life to small-scale agriculture...
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Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, with Jean Feraca - May 6, 2006

Wisconsin Public Radio
For a story of resurrection and redemption, join WPR & Jean Feraca with the maverick Midwestern farmer who stars in the epic tale, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John".
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Beyond Organic Radio - June, 2006

Farmer John Goes Hollywood
(Rerun the first week of June, from Feb 1, 2006 Interview)
Midwestern farmer John Peterson has been called a maverick, a philosopher and a devil worshipper for his approach to life, art and organic vegetable growing.
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KCRW – The Good Food Show with Evan Kleiman - April 22, 2006

National Public Radio, Southern California
(Rerun the first week of June, from Feb 1, 2006 Interview)
Midwestern farmer John Peterson has been called a maverick, a philosopher and a devil worshipper for his approach to life, art and organic vegetable growing.
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Martha Stewart Living Sirius Radio Channel - May 22, 2006

Farmer John was interviewed about the film and his cookbook for "Afternoon Living".

 

Television

Link TV Interview with Peter Coyote - January, 2006

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Dutch Television - November, 2005

The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Dutch National Television films Farmer John meeting a Dutch Biodynamic farmer; the Dutch farmer is not wearing a boa. John Peterson is een Amerikaanse alternatieve boer...
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