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Season 7, Episode 27 The Real Dirt on Farmer John

First Aired: June 13, 2006

The trials and tribulations of farming are explored in director Taggart Siegel's insightful documentary “The Real Dirt on Farmer John,” a profile of Illinois farmer John Peterson. The film details Peterson's youth, his financial struggles through the years, and his eventual success after converting to organic farming. Peterson narrates the film in a memoir style that displays his humor and his profound love of the land and the crops.

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  • Premiered: August 9, 1999
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films. (more)

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