Saturday, September 10, 2022
NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center
800 Archery Lane, Yankton
Join us in celebrating our local agriculture and American farm families everywhere. This is our 4th annual event where we invite our entire community to join their neighbors, friends, and family for great food, fellowship, and entertainment.
Guest speaker Paul Mobley will share his experience of traveling around our great country to capture the lives of the American farmers. Proceeds from the free will meal donation and auctions will support advocating for our local farmers, scholarships for our future generations pursuing agriculture, and facilitating educational resources for our local ag community.
5:00 pm - Doors Open for Social Hour
6:00 pm - Family Meal (free will donation)
7:00 pm - Keynote Speaker Paul Mobley
8:15 pm - Live and Silent Auctions
Please RSVP for this event if you plan to attend so we can have the right amount of seating and food for everyone!
PAUL MOBLEY, PHOTOGRAPHER
When photographer Paul Mobley set out to capture the soul of America's farming communities, he discovered a culture defined by tradition, integrity, and hard work, and comprised of the most authentic and generous individuals he's ever encountered. Traveling across the country from Tennessee to Montana, Mobley and his camera were welcomed into the homes of over one hundred farming families, who graciously shared their personal histories along with the fruits of their labor. To spend time with them was to turn back the clock--to an era when there were no locks on doors, no urban sprawl, and no virtue more prized than common decency. Children still move across the street and not across the state when they grow up, and parents move back in with their children when they grow old. Story after story, visit after visit, Mobley slowly came to know the independent farmer's spirit both from behind the lens and over the dinner table.
The result is a stunning series of portraits and direct quotes that collectively chronicle the life of the American farmer. Each image offers an unvarnished and intimate look inside the hardships and joys of a quickly disappearing lifestyle--one that once defined our national identity and now struggles just to keep a foothold. And even as encroaching cities threaten their livelihoods, these men and women continue to find sustenance in the same basic human values they were raised with. American Farmer is an inspirational reminder of what it means to live with simplicity and contentment, in a world that is driven by excess.