Portraits of Maine farming heroes
Belfast — “Groundbreakers: Mainers Shaping Agriculture’s Future,” an exhibit of portraits by photographer Lily Piel, will open with a 5:30 to 8 p.m. First Friday reception Sept. 6 at the Maine Farmland Trust gallery, 97 Main St.
The opening coincides with MaineFare 2013, a two-day celebration of local food and farming. Among the many MaineFare events are two Friday events that dovetail with the opening: Oysters & Beer, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.; and a benefit folk music concert by singer/songwriter Dave Mallett at 7 p.m. Tickets for either of these events can be purchased at MFT’s office or online at maine-fare.org.
Piel has captured two dozen people who have helped revive farming in Maine, and who remain committed to the cause, on film. The list of subjects includes farmers Dave and Chris Colson, who began selling organic produce directly to Maine restaurants 30 years ago; Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for almost 20 years; Bonnie Rukin, who created Slow Money Maine, which is channeling new investments into agriculture; and Sam Hayward, the James Beard Award-winning chef at Fore Street Restaurant, who helped launch the Farm-to-Table movement.
Piel’s project was commissioned by Maine Farmland Trust, which works to support Maine farmers and protect farmland, but has also successfully used art work and films to help educate people about farming’s challenges and opportunities. The show will be on display at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery through Oct. 1.
The MFT Gallery is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrustgallery.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.