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Their neighbors thought they were crazy.
Their kids were teased at school.
Turns out they were onto something…

One day in 1953, Nebraska farmer Donald Vetter had an epiphany while spraying his cornfield. He’d wondered for a while about the wartime chemicals—now approved for agricultural use—he was putting on his crops. He decided right then to quit spraying and to learn to farm in harmony with nature. His farmer neighbors questioned his sanity. When his son David came back to the farm from seminary with a mission to “minister to the soil,” bets were made on how long they’d last.

Today, they’re considered regenerative organic farming pioneers.

With historical context and an eye to the future, Dreaming of a Vetter World shows it’s possible to jump off conventional agriculture’s pesticide treadmill and to build soil by farming organically. It’s also a story about love, hope, family, and place; an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right—against all odds.

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What People Are Saying

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  • "An insightful and moving portrait of one of the keystone farms in the organic food movement."

    Liz Carlisle Author of The Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America
  • "This film is as beautiful as it is important."

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