Farm One is a Farms to Families partner with the Nashville, TN Second Harvest Food Bank. Based as a Nashville area non-profit organization, their mission is in teaching sustainable agriculture to volunteers in order to grow and dispense fresh food to needy citizens of Tennessee.
Kevin Dirkits, farm owner and operator, volunteered his farm land for the operation. “It’s all about helping out,” said Dirkits when asked about the cause. He went on to explain the wide array of vegetables harvested. Farm One grows turnip greens, radishes, cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, carrots, red mustard greens, and so-on.
Second Harvest started the Farms to Families initiative with fresh food in mind. In the short time the program has been running, the non-profit has increased it’s output of fresh food versus canned food to 30% from the previous 1%. Long term vision for the program is to continue increasing the ratio of fresh versus canned foodstuffs.
Volunteers can expect to spend up to two hours per day helping with harvesting, planting, farm management, or distribution of items. Those interested in volunteering should contact the Nashville headquarters of the Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers are in constant and rising need as hunger levels rise in the mid state.
Sometimes we wonder what it must be like to instantly end up on the other side of the world, in an entirely foreign and stimulating environment. What I'm discovering as a new artist in photography is that the "other end of the world," or the furthest place from my lens, is in fact ending up right back where I was; where I am. In trying to evolve and create within environments I found exciting and new, I transformed my vision. The other end of the world was as simple as my grandmother's living room. Foreign lands could be described as the garden in her backyard, the brick walls of her home in evening light, or her silent and busy flowers that blow in the wind. Unfamiliar could be my observation of her peaceful hands piecing a quilt, her delicate gestures in reading and responding to text, and so-on.
I determined my lack of knowledge on my grandmother to be unmistakably negative, and so I set out to explore and learn both a place and a person.
This body of work explores the intricacy of the ordinarily extraordinary life and times of my grandmother, from 2015 onward.
All images captured with a 4x5 view camera, self developed and scanned.
I’ve made an annual tradition of photographing the Tennessee State Fair, with a particular affinity for capturing equine events. The Mule Pull has always captured me. A series of these images has been published regionally, and specific images sharing internationally online and nationally in print.