All photographs © 2017 by MARY ANNE ANDREI
One FAMILY. one FARM. one year.
Text by Ted Genoways
Photographs by Mary Anne Andrei
For forty years, Rick Hammond has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation farm. But as he prepares to hand off the operation to his daughter Meghan and her husband Kyle, their entire way of life is under siege. Confronted by rising corporate ownership, encroaching pipelines, groundwater depletion, climate change, and shifting trade policies, small farmers are often caught in the middle and fighting just to preserve their way of life. Following the Hammonds from harvest to harvest, This Blessed Earth is both a history of American agriculture and a portrait of one family’s struggle to hold on to their legacy.
“A universal story of family farmers and all they’re up against.”—Willie Nelson