“I Farm Because….” opens at MFT Gallery

ifarmbecauseHesterApprentice  Hester

This past summer, Isabel Stearns, a young photographer from Simmons College in Boston. drove up to Maine to visit her friend Anna, an apprentice on Four Season Farm on Cape Rosier. Through her friend, she was introduced to the diverse farms in the Penobscot Bay area. Soon Stearns found herself volunteering at Four Season Farm for two weeks alongside eight apprentices. With camera in hand, she had a taste of Maine’s farm life. “The inspiration was my admiration and wonder for the life of an apprentice. I hope to share the beauty I see in their work,” she explained. “Rather than pursuing more financially secure or socially encouraged career paths, the apprentices have chosen to invest their time in a trade which nurtures the land, themselves, and others.” The results are a new show “I Farm Because….” and will be on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast from March 7 through April 28. Each portrait in this exhibit is accompanied by a statement which begins with: “I farm because…”   In dialogue with Stearns’ photography,  Maine Farmland Trust’s Gallery Curator, Anna Abaldo, has created an interactive response wall so that visitors, too, can tell us why they farm.  “Which we hope they do!” said Abaldo. For more information visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org