Meet the Farmer program at Fairview this Saturday
Five area farm families, whose portraits and words are featured in a multi-media exhibit by a Roxbury artist, will be welcomed at a Meet the Farmer social hour Saturday, Oct. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the community room of Fairview Public Library, 43 Walnut Street, Margaretville.
Artist Ellen Wong will also be present at the reception, which will feature refreshments provided by the Pure Catskills Program.
“The Face of Farming” debuted at the Margaretville Cauliflower Festival Sept-ember 27. It includes photographs and watercolors of operating dairy farms, video footage of active farm work and excerpts of recorded interviews with family members. Most of the exhibit will be on view again during the reception, after which it will be on display at the Catskill Watershed Corporation through December 1.
Participating in the project were Bill, Betty, Junior, Andrea, Brian and Brittany Elliott of New Kingston; Jim, Joyce, Jackie, Jason and Matthew Gray of New Kingston; Ruth Fuller, Rob Oravetz and their children Vanessa and Ryan of Weaver Hollow and New Kingston; Larry, Jeanne and Chris Darling of Roxbury and Jake, Karen, John and Sally Fairbairn of Rider Hollow.
Video footage was provided by Kent Garrett of Delhi Stories; additional video footage and editing services by Anthony Manzo.
The families spoke of their lives, their motivations and their concerns and dreams for the future of their farms during interviews recorded on equipment provided by Story Corps, the national oral history project which archives these recorded conversations at the Library of Congress as a way of preserving our stories for future generations. Assistance with audio editing was provided by Peter Seidman.
“The Face of Farming” project was made possible by a Community Arts Grant awarded by The Roxbury Arts Group to the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown (HSM), and by a grant from the O’Connor Foundation.
Copies of the interviews, video and photographs will be provided to the Historical Society. The portraits will be given to the families.