The Hamilton County premiere of the new documentary film, “Dreaming of a Vetter World” will be held at 12th St. Cinema in Aurora on Sunday, July 14th at 1pm, sponsored by Conservation Nebraska. The feature-length film will be followed by a free reception at The Ivy, sponsored by Pinnacle Bank. The film’s main subject, organic farmer and Grain Place Foods CEO David Vetter, will be on hand for questions and conversation with guests Bob Quinn and Liz Carlisle, and others. This special screening happens the day after the annual Grain Place field day, Saturday, April 13 8:30am-4PM.
The compelling 77-minute documentary “Dreaming of a Vetter World” comes at a time when interest in organic farming and regenerating soil has exploded worldwide. Others are realizing what the Vetters have known for decades: soil is key to our very survival.
The film focuses on the story of the Vetter family, pioneering organic farmers in Marquette, Nebraska. Shot, directed, and narrated by first-time filmmaker Bonnie Hawthorne, the documentary tells the story of the Vetter family’s decades-long experiment with a self-renewing farm management system. It is also a story about place, hope, and love; an inspiring example of perseverance and doing what you know is right, against all odds.
Beautifully shot on location in Hamilton County, this engaging documentary shows what farming with nature is all about. At the heart of this powerful story is David Vetter’s journey from farmer’s son, to missionary, to scientist, and back to farmer again, where he practices what he calls a "ministry to the soil." The film also includes interviews with other organic leaders, locals Bill Whitney and Ed Dadey, and Allison and Darci Vetter, David’s daughters.
The film has been playing the festival circuit after making its debut at The Ross Theater in Lincoln last summer. This is the first “hometown” screening.
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DAVID VETTER is an organic farmer and grain producer in Central Nebraska. He holds a BS in Soil Science/Agronomy from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. David was instrumental in developing the infrastructure for the organic food production system used today in the United States. He was a founding member of the Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, and chaired the first Organic Crop Improvement Association’s International Certification Committee. He has won many awards including Rodale Institute’s 2016 Farmer of the Year. For the last four decades, David Vetter has used what many now call regenerative organic agriculture techniques to improve soil, grow food, and teach others to do the same.
BOB QUINN is an organic farmer near Big Sandy, Montana, and a leading green businessman. He served on the first National Organic Standards Board, and has been recognized with the Montana Organic Association Lifetime of Service Award, The Organic Trade Association Organic Leadership Award, and Rodale Institute’s Organic Pioneer Award. His enterprises include the ancient grain business Kamut International and Montana’s first wind farm.
LIZ CARLISLE is a Lecturer in the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Her first book, Lentil Underground, won the Montana Book Award and the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.
BONNIE HAWTHORNE is a filmmaker with a varied professional skillset: director, cinematographer, writer, editor. Thanks to early photography and writing achievements, Bonnie won a scholarship to attend NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts as a film major. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Bonnie worked in film production on independent feature films. She later compiled numerous video editor credits on documentaries, commercials, and reality television shows. In 2014, Bonnie traded income for adventure, heading to the corn belt with her vintage Nikon lenses, Black Magic Pocket Cinema Cameras and her camper, Petunia. The result of that trip is her first feature film,Dreaming of a Vetter World.
CONSERVATION NEBRASKA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to increase public education and engagement on conservation issues