Farmers’ ‘Favorite Things’ at MFT Gallery

Feb 01, 2014
“A Medley of Corn for Chowder” is a favorite site at Lincolnville’s Grange Corner Farm.

Belfast — “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” will open with a farmers reception Friday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St. The interactive show will remain on display until March 3.

The title’s “Few” is misleading. When gallery coordinator Anna Abaldo invited farmers to submit pictures of their favorite things for the next gallery exhibit, she ended up with more than 300 photographs. Submittals from more than 30 farmers will fill the gallery with farm images from top to bottom. All the photos were printed on regular glossy cardstock and hung home-style, unframed, like a big collage.

“When the most photographed subject among 30-plus farms is baby animals, we know that our farmers’ hearts are in the right place,” Abaldo said. “This show is really about the farmers and what they cherish.”

Viewers will find that each picture, or grouping of pictures, tells a story —some that all farms share, such as the joy of late summer harvests or the sweetness of new life being born. But there are other stories that are unique including one farm’s steer named Christmas, who thought it was a horse. One of the interactive elements in this exhibit is the option of listening to farm stories provided as podcasts.

“These are interviews with Maine farmers who participate in the Forever Farms program, edited for radio,” said Jamie Wood, a Maine Farmland Trust staff member who made the recordings.

Other interactive elements include a response board, so visitors can also share their favorite things about farms; a questionnaire that guides visitors to look for certain elements in the photographs; and several farm recipes to take home.

Midcoast farms participating include Barred Rock Farm, Frankfort; Ben Eva Farm, Two Sisters Farm, Wilcox Family Yard and Carter Neighborhood Farm Garden, Warren; Five Seasons Farm and Creamery, Montville; Grange Corner Farm, Lincolnville; Royal View Farm, Brooks; Stoner Mountain Farm, Waldoboro; Three Streams Farm, Belfast; Turner Farm, North Haven; and Unity College’s Veggies for All.

The Maine Farmland Trust Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, email anna@mainefarmlandtrust.org or visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org. To book a classroom visit to the gallery, contact Kim Sanborn at 338-6575 or kim@mainefarmlandtrust.org. Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to keep Maine’s farms farming.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

“Jersey” gives the camera the eye at North Haven’s Turner Farm.
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