Passing Tradition 


Van Buren County, Iowa, is a rural premise of barely 7,000, with towns that consist of barely 400 individuals each. Its aging population is comprised mainly of a single demographic: farm owners, and increasingly aging ones. 


With fewer young ones willing to take on the heavy duty of agriculture, farms are rapidly disappearing due to higher industry takeovers.


Tourists frequently travel to and from the flyover state—Lesser-known is their sacrifice to steward the land and help feed the world.


These images took place from February-April 2016. See the full documentary here.

Birmingham, IA. 

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Dorothy & Roy Gilbert in their home in Stockport, IA. 

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Stockport, IA.

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Marie Hainline's house. 

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Kris Johnston stands outside his childhood home, now abandoned, with a photo of it from the 1930's. 

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Stockport, IA.

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Raymond Filson in his barn, prepares to start his tractor. 

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Birmingham, IA.

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Bonaparte, IA. 

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Family photos taken in Keosauqua, IA. 

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The toys of Danny Gilbert, son of Kaye and Stuart Gilbert. Danny, 7, is an only child. 

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Russ and Kathy Nolls' collie. 

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Russ and Kathy Noll in their barn. 

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The Gilberts'. 

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Neva Carter shows photos from her childhood farm—the same one he grew up tending. 

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Stuart Gilbert tends to a calf on his farm in Stockport, IA. Gilbert, who studied at the World Wide College of Auctioneering, is of few remaining family farmers in Van Buren County, of 296 individuals.

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Linda Noll in Bonaparte, IA. 

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Stuart Gilbert tends to a calf on his farm in Stockport, IA. Gilbert, who studied at the World Wide College of Auctioneering, is of few remaining family farmers in Van Buren County, of 296 individuals.

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