Illustrated Farm Journal
Full Plate Farm - Ridgefield, Washington
Full Plate Farmers, Danny Percich & Michelle Swinehart launched an exciting project during their 2013/14 winter CSA season called 'FARM SEEKS ARTIST'. Michelle had the idea to invite artists to engage with the farm and CSA. This could take place at the farm or CSA drop sites. It could be food-based, object-based, conversation-based, research-based, etc. The artist(s) would receive a bounty of beautiful and delicious vegetables in exchange for their engagement with the farm. As far as I was concerned, this sort of deal was what dreams are made of!
I jumped at the chance to propose a project. Inspired by seeing the farm journals of my Grandpa & Great Grandpa I proposed collaborating with Danny to produce an illustrated version of his farm journal. He sent me his notes throughout the season and I selected entries I thought would give insight into the goings on at the farm for the CSA members. Because I have been given a porthole into the history of my own family through the farm journals of my ancestors, I also was especially interested in documenting moments during this season that would mark a very specific time in the life of this young farm and the people and family who were working hard to help it grow. I am excited to report that we are continuing this tradition for a fourth season!
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