Posted 26 Jul 2013
"Jerry Apps: A Farm Story" will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Sunday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 p.m. The program will repeat Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 10, at 4:30 p.m.
A portrait of a farm boy’s depression-era childhood, "A Farm Story" highlights the belief that the land is something to cherish and revere. The film follows the life of Jerry Apps and the history of the Apps family farm, Roshara. Through the documentary, an inspirational call is sounded, encouraging the preservation of wild and rural places. Viewers are also invited to consider how rural American upbringings have positively shaped residents’ worldviews, family values and work ethics, encouraging "farm boys and girls" across the nation to take pride in their backgrounds.
"A Farm Story" is told through personal memories and photos from the Wild Rose community in Waushara County, Wis. The subject of the poignant documentary, Apps, was born and raised on a farm and is an author of more than 30 books, many of which chronicle rural history and country life, and believes that the film’s underlying message of family and community is universal to farming communities across the United States.
"I am one who believes that where we grew up and when we grew up influences who we are today in ways that, in many instances, go way beyond our knowledge of that fact," Apps said. "How we see the world, how we view our relationship with other people, how see the land and its importance, how we view nature, for those of us who grew up on farms at the time when I did, are a part of who we are today."