Let's build a photo album of our region's farm life
Three baby goats and their mom born yesterday at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island. Photo: Dani Baker.
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I've written in previous posts that I have a dream and a wish that The Dirt – in addition to our regular news and information – can become a venue for collecting self-portrait photos of farmers and farms for New York, Vermont, Ontario and Quebec agriculture. It would be a little like NCPR's Photo of the Day, The Dirt-style. Something like this photo on the right, from Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands.
We marvel and bemoan often that so many Americans don't know where their food comes from. Photos are such an easy way to tell our region's agricultural story, from porch plot to garden to soybean field, and the stories of the people who work the land. And technologically, they're so easy to share.
I'm inspired by Real Time Farms, which links photos to a map to a way you can connect with that farm. It's an amazing way to connect food eaters and farmers. And it promotes, as the site says, "farm transparency". Check it out here.
So here's the plan: spring is the perfect time to launch this project. Send in your photos of your farm, your animals, your produce, your garden, your fields, your families. We'll build up a solid reservoir of photos to publish on a regular basis. And behind the scenes, we'll work towards putting them on a map of the region.
And here's a challenge to you: take pictures of PEOPLE. Sure, include the field, the landscape, the barn, the produce, too. But knowing where food comes from is knowing WHO makes it.
Send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!
Tags: farming, photography, rural life