A 700-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley

Kelly O'Hearn compressedJoin us for an afternoon with photographer Francesco Mastalia. Francesco will talk about the genesis of his new book Organic, his journey in creating the body of work and his experiences interacting with the subjects and learning more about the Organic movement from the roots up. A selection of portraits will be on display. His talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase ($49.95).

The Hudson Valley has become an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement. With its rich agricultural land, the awareness for sustainable living, and the growing demand for local, organic food, the farm-to-table, locavore movement has become a way of life in the Hudson Valley. Organic spotlights the region and features the portraits and words of the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, and the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce.

Steffen Schneider compressedThe book contains over 100 portraits of our Hudson Valley farmers and chefs, including Hawthorne Valley’s own Steffen Schneider and Kelly O’Hearn. The farmers and chefs were photographed using the wet-plate collodion process, a technique developed in the 1850s when the art of photography was in its infancy. With the use of large wooden cameras and brass lenses, glass plates are hand coated to produce one-of-a-kind ambrotype images. The amber toned images remind us of a time when the cultivation of land was a manual process that linked the farmer directly to the soil. “Organic” is one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today. In narrating their own stories, the farmers and chefs share their philosophy about what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably.


When: Sat, Dec 13 @ 2:30 - 5:30 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Hawthorne Valley School Hall
330 County Route 21C
Ghent, NY 12075
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