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.

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