Beginning in April, 2009, Pacific Northwest photographer/writer Jerry Mader began documenting the activities of 16 farmers on nine farms in the Snoqualmie and Sammamish Valleys of Western Washington, photographing each farmer as s/he worked through the growing season. By the end of October, 2009, Jerry had made over 1000 photographs for the project.
Through the winter of 2009-2010, Jerry interviewed each farmer plus eight of their workers and nine professional people from the Seattle area involved in various aspects of food production, distribution, agricultural, practice, farmland and environmental preservation.
Each interview is an oral history telling the personal story of how each of these farmers made the conscious choice to become farmers. Most of them came to farming from non-farming backgrounds. Most of them have Masters Degrees in professions unrelated to agriculture. All of them have found a life worth living as farmers.
This book is an invitation to share the stories of people who have dedicated their lives to growing healthy food for their fellow citizens in local markets. It is also an invitation learn how they made their choice and to share their hopes and dreams for preserving the environment and the soil which sustains us all.
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Soft cover, perfect bound, 350 pages, 272 fine art photographs