on the farm
I've been a volunteer photographer at the Homeless Garden Project for well over ten years. Every single time I go to the farm I learn something new. I learn about organic farming and food, about people and ideas. I learn how the Homeless Garden Project community works. It's really an amazing organization.
The sense of community has always intrigued and attracted me. In Fall 2011, I decided to work on a photo project of my own at the farm. After talking with Darrie Ganzhorn and presenting the idea to the trainees and staff at a Tuesday "Circle Meeting", I began photographing the people and the place.
Driving out Delaware Street, past Antonelli's Pond in the early morning there's a bit of mist in the air. The light is soft and the shadows are long. This is one of my favorite times at the Homeless Garden Project Farm. When I arrive, a group of trainees are already there, talking, joking and making plans for the day's work. I know I'm going to have a good morning, even if I don't snap one successful photo.
I hope the people and the scenes in these photographs will inspire you to visit the farm and see for yourself what I'm talking about.
• To bring together people from throughout the community in the beauty and security of our certified organic garden.
• Practice and teach principles of economic and ecological sustainability through classes and hands on experience.
• Provide homeless men and women job training and transitional employment.
• Shop at their Retail Store and Nursery
• Join the Homeless Garden Project Organic CSA
• Visit their website: www.HomelessGardenProject.org