Month: October 2017

Farm Politics

The farming parents of writer Lawn Griffiths were convinced there was a simple, binary world—city and country. Townsfolk lived on what he called “Easy Street,” shamefully exploiting farmers. “They were living off the backs of the farmers,” he asserted. And he often characterized rural Americans—namely, the farmers and their families—as slaves. They produced the food and fiber for . . .


Writer Lawn Griffiths had just turned 8 years old in 1954 when his parents uprooted the family of 5 and moved to an unfamiliar farmstead in Grundy County, Iowa, a farm his parents had bought in 1940. It neighbored a 140-acre farm where his grandfather and mother were born in 1862 and 1909 respectively. For his mother, it was like going home.

In his book, Batting Rocks Over the Barn: An . . .



When writer Lawn Griffiths was a farm boy, he would sometimes climb to the top of their forty-foot silo to revel in the height and to take in the grand view of the countryside. If the silage was low and the silo mostly empty, he would shout "Hello” just to hear the echo as the word bounced around the concrete walls.

In his book, Batting Rocks Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odysse . . .