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Telling the Story

The Ivy League Farmer

The Ivy League Farmer offers a first-hand glimpse into the lives of a dairy farm family on the cusp of generational and technological change. What happens on the farm and in the farming community connects to the kids in need at the local elementary school.

Just graduated from Harvard, young Joel Gilbert has his heart set on a high-flying, high-paying career on Wall Street. But when he returns home for the summer he discovers his family’s small dairy farm is in trouble.

Joel’s Ivy League business skills can help, but his dad is too stubborn to risk investing in the high-tech future of family farming. Joel’s problems multiply when he realizes he’s falling in love with his secret childhood sweetheart.

Holly’s mission in life may or may not include Joel. Many school-age kids in their rural hometown are not getting enough to eat. Besides teaching school, Holly is leading the local fight against food insecurity.

The objective of the film is to help consumers better understand the role modern agriculture plays in providing a safe, affordable, and abundant food supply. The movie portrays a father and son and their conflict over the use of modern technology on the family dairy farm. It’s also a love story that explores issues of food insecurity in a small, rural community.

“This movie represents a different way to bring the message about hunger here in America and to show the heart of what the farming industry is all about.”

— Mark Miller, writer/producer

Did you know?

Sponsorships for the world premiere of The Ivy League Farmer in 2015 supported Operation BackPack, a volunteer-driven program administered by the Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP).

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