Farm Scape by Mary Swander | Performed by Peace Pipe Players

Another Layers of Maquoketa Event

Friday, May 4, 2018 7PM 

Maquoketa Art Experience

Free and Open to the Public

This play documents American farmscape through interviews with real people involved in real changes in how we grow our food and live our lives in the rural United States. You’ll take delight in a sip of Zinfandel at a new winery and savor the taste of organic vegetables on a truck on its way to the local farmer’s market. You’ll make a stop at a bed and breakfast and Hispanic cultural center and gaze out the window at restored wetlands and prairie. You’ll also suit up in protective clothing and a mask before you enter a hog confinement operation and you’ll watch pigs move quickly down a conveyor belt at an IBP slaughtering plant. You’ll experience the David and Goliath story of an organic farmer up against the economic forces of the 3500 acre agri-business operation next door. In the end, you’ll understand that during the pioneer days, farming completely changed the ecosystem of the prairie. A hundred and fifty years later, this landscape is dramatically changing again.Links to articles:

  • A Look at the Farmscape(Farm Journal Magazine, January 10, 2009)
  • ‘Docu-drama’ Shares Reality of Farming(Iowa State Daily, February 20, 2008)
  • Agriculture, arts joined through “Farmscape” play, campus group(Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture)
  • Rediscovering Rural Iowa(Cedar Falls Times, February 21, 2009)
  • Theater Performance Explores Hardships of Iowa Farming(iStockAnalyst, March 01, 2009)