“Rural Harvest,” a show of photographs by Lottie Hedley of the life and work of a Maine farm family, opened April 4 with a 4:30 p.m. reception at the Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St. Hedley’s photographs are accompanied by poems written specifically for this show by Bob MacLaughlin, who gave a reading at the reception.

The black-and-white photographs document the daily lives of the Gerritsen family, who organically farm potatoes and other vegetables for seed on Wood Prairie Farm in Bridgewater. Fifty years ago there were 30 potato farms just on the Gerritsen’s four-mile stretch of road; five years ago, there were only six potato farmers left in the entire township.

Hedley, who grew up on a dairy farm in New Zealand, attended Maine Media College in Rockport, where she was awarded a Paul Caponigro Scholarship. Now she photographs stories for Down East Magazine, Savannah Magazine and Skirt; and is a still photographer on film sets.

MacLaughlin has been a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor and spends a lot of time in his vegetable garden in Warren. His book of poetry, “Faulty Wiring,” was published last year by Moon Pie Press.

“Rural Harvest” will be on view through May 30. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.