Map of My Kingdom & Farm-To-Fork Tales

Map of My Kingdom & Farm-To-Fork Tales

Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public

The Family Farm History Foundation will present a Swander Woman Productions performance of Map of my Kingdom and Farm-to-Fork Tales on Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 P.M. in the Ames Public Library.  The two dramas are produced by Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, and her theatre company that creates and tours dramatic performances focused on food, farming, and the larger rural environment.

Map of my Kingdom, originally commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of farmland succession. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land transitions. The play will be performed by Erika Kuhn, a professional actor from St. Paul, MN.

Farm-to-Fork Tales is a storytelling performance focused on the histories of Century Farms. Storytellers will focus on specific events on their Century Farms, incidents unique to them but universal in their resonances for the wider world of agriculture. These stories will include customs, techniques, folklore, and historical events—all viewed through a diverse lens. The storytelling performance will be coached by Tina Bakehouse, a professional storyteller from Hastings, IA.

The storytellers will include Gina McAndrews , Jon Bakehouse, Gordon Bivens, Betty Wirtz and Gene Upstill.

Dave and Mary Losure, Flying Pig Fiddle and Banjo will create an afternoon of fun entertainment. Local food vendors will be on hand to reflect the region’s agricultural activity and heritage and the Family Farm History Foundation will share information about how you can preserve your family’s memories. Feel free to bring some of your farm photos or stories to share!

Presented in partnership by Ames Public Library, Ames Historical Society, Family Farm History Foundation, and Practical Farmers of Iowa. Supported by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation.


Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm