Photo exhibition on the art of agriculture

There is an exhibition at the TAUNY Center in Canton that puts art and agriculture hand in hand. Emily Griffin tells us how it shows a softer side to the labor-intensive industry.

CANTON, New York (WWNY) – At the Upstate New York Traditional Arts Center in Canton, farmers go from grazing to making pictures.

It all started five years ago when Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County wanted to show the agriculture industry in a different light.

“So anyone in St. Lawrence County who grows, raises, produces or sells locally grown food was eligible for a free professional photo shoot,” said exhibit curator Flip Filippi.

They teamed up with local photographer Jennifer McCluskey to cultivate the collection.

“Over the past four to five years of taking photos at over 80 companies, we actually have a collection of over 12,000 images,” Filippi said.

The pictures show the silly side of farming. The cute pieces. Work. The traditions. And beauty.

“We wanted to show people the intrinsic beauty of harnessing the natural world in the effort to produce food for your neighbors,” Filippi said.

The main objective of the project is to establish links between consumers and producers.

“Maybe it’s a relationship with a new grower or learning new skills using seasonal ingredients or a better sense of the actual growing season or sharing it with your child when you get a new recipe.”

And that is the real art of farming.

The exhibition will be at the TAUNY Center until October — and it’s free.

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