Before wasted food goes into compost, Washington State’s Ron Bigelow creates works of art collected from thousands of leftover pounds of perfectly good produce that would normally go to waste.

Even with the best efforts of his animals, though, he can’t use up all of the produce he gets largely from farmers market vendor stands. It goes into compost piles, but before that, Bigelow crafts three-dimensional food waste paintings to post on his Facebook page: American flags made of eggplant, lettuce, and watermelons; flowers made of carefully arranged greens, tomatoes, and yellow peppers, per Modern Farmer.

“I look at this stuff that I’m putting into compost and say, ‘wow, how many people can we feed with just this and that? A day’s food for a hundred people? More?’”

art & agriculture: shauna lee lange.  we’re exploring the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems.  941/875.5190.

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