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Farm community and organic sustainability was the focus of an art exhibition in the Hudson Valley this week at Gallery 66 NY.  Francesco Mastalia’s Organic featured the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echoed their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce. The farmers and chefs were photographed using the wet plate collodion process, a technique developed in the mid-19th century. The show included over 100 of its farmers and chefs.

The Hudson Valley, New York has become an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement. With its rich agricultural land, the awareness for sustainable living, and the growing demand for local, organic food, the farm-to-table, locavore movement has become a way of life in the Hudson Valley. Organic (Mastalia’s book) spotlights the Hudson Valley as a region at the forefront of this movement.

With the use of large wooden cameras and brass lenses, glass plates are hand coated to produce one-of-a-kind ambrotype images. The amber toned images remind us of a time when the cultivation of land was a manual process that linked the farmer directly to the soil. “Organic” is one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today. In narrating their own stories, the farmers and chefs share their philosophy about what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably.

art & agriculture: shauna lee lange’s agritourism.  we’re exploring and expanding the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems in creative placemaking.  How can we best be of service to you? 941/875.5190.

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