A Farm Story with Jerry Apps is a portrait of farm life seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in rural America in the 1930s and 1940s.
Acclaimed historian and author Apps examines day-to-day rural life and evokes memories of a time when almost as many Americans lived on farms as in cities. Fieldwork was done with horses, cows were milked by hand, lanterns were the source of light and community was essential for survival.
This story is the personal and family story of millions of Americans who grew up on farms. Like a family photo album, the documentary takes the viewer through memories of “things that aren’t there anymore” and of experiences that created the values of hard work, determination and community — values that drove a generation of Americans who grew up on the farm.
The documentary carries us from a childhood on the farm in the 1930s to the rural electrification that changed American farms and rural life forever. Apps shares stories about the party line telephone, the one-room schoolhouse, the routine of work and chores and community of those family farms that built America into the agricultural center of the world.