I got to spend two special days this summer at my friends’ farm in Iowa, it was thoroughly rejuvenating. The farmhouse has been standing for 100 years. The farm had sheep, a chicken coop, bee houses, a large vegetable and herb garden, and a recently-installed solar panel to generate electricity. I’m sure maintaining a farm like that involves hard daily work, but I certainly can see why some people are drawn to this way of life.
The farm stood in contrast to the otherwise homogeneously-planted and over-fertilized land extending as far as the eye can see. I got to learn about how this rich black-colored Iowa soil, one of the most fertile in the world, used to be part of an extensive prairie/swamp system with grass taller than man. Settlers discovered how to drain the swamps by building an extensive network of clay pipes underground. Till this day you can see examples of the swamp ecosystem trying to re-establish itself in a few flooded crop fields.
These images were shot with Leica M6TTL on Kodak Portra 400. Enjoy!