Belfast. Jackson Mcleod (30) and Tyler Gaudet (29)from Fluid Farms in North Yarmouth grow fish and lettuce in their greenhouse. Geoff Keating (29) and Ryan Houghton (35) in Fort Fairfield grow hops. Maria (58) and Richard King (64) from Goat Spirit Farm in Liberty raise – you guessed it – goats. What do all these people have in common? They are all Maine farmers, and, their portraits will be gracing the walls of Maine Farmland Trust Gallery from January 9 through February 10, 2015.
“Face to Face with Maine’s Farmers” consists of well over one hundred photos of farming folk in Maine. The photos range from farmers’ selfies-on-the-fly, to artful photographs submitted by those who appreciate the work farmers do. Together they form an impressive collage that is testimony to the amazing diversity of people devoting their life to farming in Maine – to feeding all of us.
“Agriculture in Maine is growing and diversifying, and this show really reflects that,” says John Piotti, President and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. “The photos show farmers of all ages and from all backgrounds, many of whom are experimenting with new techniques and products, like tilapia fish or hops.”
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery thanks all farmers and farming fans who made this show possible by submitting one or more photographs.
In addition, a selection of MFT’s Stable Artists will be exhibiting on the gallery’s second floor, through the end of March. There will be new work by Leslie Anderson, Julie Crane, Julie Cyr, Leslie Harris, Terry Hire, Abbie Read, Michael Reid, Margaret Rizzio, Leia Scotton, and Jude Valentine.
Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is located at 97 Main Street in Belfast and open Monday through Friday (not on holidays) from 9-4.
Top photo: Gene Ripley from Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft.