“Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food”

1 MFT15_BULLOCK_BEETS2Brendan Bullock, photography

On October 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Maine Farmland Trust Gallery in Belfast will be hosting an opening for two new photo exhibits, which share the common theme of documenting hunger relief efforts in Maine.

On the ground floor, the gallery will be showing “Feeding Maine: Growing Access to Good Food.” This exhibit features photos by photographer Brendan Bullock, accompanied by writer Annie Murphy’s captions. The series is a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Good Shepherd Food Bank and seeks to document some of the many people working for change in our communities across the state, with the hope that these efforts will continue to grow into a resilient food system that serves all Mainers.

carrotsRu Allen, photography

On the second floor, Unity College student Ru Allen will be making her debut with “Harvesting Unity,” a collection of photographs portraying the volunteers and program leaders of Veggies For All, a food bank farm in Unity. Allen shares: “Alternating between camera to my eye and hands in the earth, I attempted to capture as much of the growing process from start to finish in one growing season. What I was naturally drawn to, however, were the suspended moments in places that were easily overlooked.”

As part of this exhibit, Sara Trunzo, director of Veggies For All, will be giving a presentation on “How one community fights hunger with a food bank farm” on October 6 at the Belfast Free Library, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Veggies For All (VFA) is a food bank farm located in Unity, Maine that works to relieve hunger by growing vegetables for those in need, while collaborating with partners to distribute and increase access to quality and nutritious food. Since their founding in 2007, VFA has provided 108,000 pounds of vegetables to over 1,500 food-insecure, central Mainers and engaged hundreds of volunteers in thousands of hours of community-based hunger relief.  VFA became a project of MFT in 2014.

Brendan Bullock is a freelance photographer and photography educator based in Bowdoinham. While most of his work is focused in Maine, he travels to make documentary pictures throughout the world, including South America, Europe, Africa, and India.

Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, located at 97 Main Street, Belfast, is open Monday through Friday from 9-4. In addition, the gallery will be open on October 23rd, 5:30-8pm for the Friday Art Walk. More information can be found at www.mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide, member-powered nonprofit working to protect farmland, support farmers, and advance farming.  Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture, and to inspire and inform the public about farming in Maine. For more information on the Trust visit www.mainefarmlandtrust.org