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Quirky film explores failure and survival on farm

publication date: Feb 1, 2006
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John Peterson grew up on an iconic
Midwestern farm with big red barns, dairy cows, and fields stretching to the horizon. His was an idyllic childhood of play and work, loving parents, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents all nearby, neighbors working together to build barns and harvest crops.
And then he lost it all. His father died when he was a teenager, so he took over running the farm, even after he went to nearby Beloit College. Over the next decade, he got deeper and deeper in debt and eventually he had to sell everything except the farmstead and 22 acres.

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