A little over a year ago, shortly after starting this blog, I watched a creative LIVE session that featured Penny De Los Santos. In one particular part of the presentation she talked about the importance of having personal projects. That each of us, as photographers, should create a project of our own to fuel our creativity, feed the passion within and continue our growth as artists. Something about what she said resonated with me. I wrote it down in the notes I was taking, in caps and underlined. I loved the idea of a personal project, but what could I do?
Fast forward a couple months to spring and the beginning of my favorite part of the year…the growing season. In the midst of taking pictures of our garden and trips to the farmers’ market it dawned on me what my project should be. In the years since changing the way we eat I have developed a passion for food that I never could have imagined having. I love reading about how what we eat impacts our earth, our bodies and our communities. Why wouldn’t I want to take that one step further by photographing it?
That’s where Rhizosphere Farm comes in. Located in the river valley of eastern Nebraska they are a small, but growing organic farm. Heading into their fourth year they have agreed to let me document the growing season of their land. My objectives for this project are to share the love and labor that goes into producing food, to tell more people about Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) and how we can all benefit from supporting them. I want to document the days of a working farm in beautiful images and share recipes from the bounty it produces.
I could not be more excited about this project and hope you’ll follow along to see the workings of the farm and the people that run it, as the growing season unfolds. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to find your own local grower to support.
For those that are local and interested in participating in Rhizosphere Farm’s CSA, they still have a few spots available. Just email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and Terra will send you information about this year’s program.
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Sharing her love for photography, cooking and adventures of mothering 3 boys, 'this homemade life', is a blog written by Alison Bickel.