The BOUNTY “Know Your Farmer” exhibit featuring 15 Lopez farms will be at the Lopez Library until January 29th. Color photographs by Steve Horn, Summer Moon Scriver, and Robert S. Harrison provide a glimpse of what it takes to bring food from earth to table on Lopez Island.
Accompanying the photographs are farmer portraits and profiles written by Lopez author Iris Graville. Iris wrote the brief biographies from the farmers responses to the following questions:
- What three words describe what inspires you in your work?
- Why do you farm?
- What are you most proud of in your work?
- What has been your biggest challenge?
- Complete this sentence – One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as a farmer is…?
The goal of this exhibit is to inspire you to get to know your local farmers and the abundance of healthy food they produce. Local farming is good for our health, environment, and economy and preserves the cherished rural beauty of Lopez Island. This exhibit features half of the BOUNTY project farmers. The other half will be on display at the Library this summer beginning July 15 until August 26.
“There’s a lot of agriculture, both large- and small-scale, happening on Lopez that so many people don’t know about,” says Ken Akopiantz of Horse Drawn Farm. It’s the BOUNTY team’s hope that, collectively, these images help tell the Lopez food story and will encourage people to, as Ken says, “… participate in our Lopez food system, both as producers and consumers.”