Root Radical CSA
“I decided to start exploring the ways that growing vegetables organically could have positive impact in my community and for the Earth. ” – Emily Dowling
This work and series of photographs is an exploration of the growing movement of highly educated, first-time farmers. These farmers are working at creating a sustainable food movement. They find ways to farm premium fresh, organic, healthy foods. Many of them are involved in their local food systems via community supported agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets. They have a broad impact on the food system and the farming landscape in the Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada.
“Keeping the landrace cereal varieties alive is an investment in our future. It may be a long shot, but having seeds that are 'climate ready' may save the day.... some day...some day soon.” – Chris Wooding
On this farm, it is all about passion for the land, vintage seeds, ecological systems and more… They produce organic cereals including wheat, rye, oats and barley. Passion would be the best word to describe this farmer. They believe that a mixed farm model, pre 1950, along with organic agriculture practices will provide a stable sustainable farming model that enhances biodiversity, produces premium products, and minimizes ecological impact.
: “A lot of people think they couldn’t do it, but I disagree with that. You get used to it, and you like it.” - Tim Dowling
In this project, I am looking to show farming life in relation with its environment: working with their bare hands; using traditional practices, which for most of us seems hard work (and it is) when running a small sustainable farm.
The farmers take huge risks to stay committed to organic farming, counting on their human capabilities, especially in the face of the unpredictability of the weather. Not only this, farming is a daily struggle to maintain healthy traditions and resources from the challenges coming from globalization, competing technology, and large corporation agribusiness.
Lemoine Point Farm
“In a lot of ways, I never felt like I really fit in this world. Being in the farming world is the closest I’ve ever felt to that.” – Jesse Archibald
In the light of this farm, I am exploring the nature of the farmer relationships with his animals and the land. The farmer appreciates the animals for more than their production utility and sees them as individuals. Each contributes to the well-being of the other; humans provide the feed and housing for animals, and the animals give him improved nutrition, better health, and companionship.
Secret Lavender Field of Bonniespring
“One thing that’s different in our case is that it’s a specialty crop. There is no call to be there at six am.” – Keith Gawronski
On this farm I had the opportunity to photograph something different. Nice smelly flowers, colors, and working with two amazing individuals.
Calling all local and regional day-trippers, who have an interest in lavender or simply enjoy gardening! Keith and Darcy are the owners of a lavender farm in a beautiful field, hidden by forest, on Bonniespring, a historic farm in rural Kingston. They work together and founded a business of growing lavender.
See all of the albums for these and other farms here…