The sustainable community in Maine pertains to creating connections and unifying people to the natural world. It’s fairly simple to get lost in the busy lives of our new up and go culture, and staying aware of the environmental elements that are substantially given to us can be quite difficult. Farmers in Maine must be profoundly thorough to make the environment resourceful. Yet concurrently they must work to keep it conserved and protected.
I traveled throughout the local area of Penobscot County to many diverse farms and residential homes. I attempted to capture the residents’ livelihoods to share and spread the fulfillment of backyard agriculture. The farmers and residents showcased their capabilities, driven by their strong passion and love for agriculture. These hardworking folks coexist and understand the hardships of what this career or hobby can bring. They share their successes and appreciate the work of other farmers through events such as Farmer to Farmer Conferences and the Bangor Harvest Festival. Through their lifelong hobbies and careers, these farmers strengthen Maine communities.
Arguably, the best part about documenting agriculture in Maine is learning how the farms help their communities in various ways. I witnessed children, young adults, older adults, and even elders working with the livestock and crops on their land. Some had humble houses on modest plots of land, while others had an abundance of space. No matter the size or the quantity of animals and crops, these hardworking farmers all had the aspiration to help their communities and support sustainable and healthy lifestyles.
A thank you to Souder Station Farm, Foxgreen Farm, Coldstream Icelandic Sheep Farm, the Snyders, Anna JJ, The Village Farm and Garden, Taylor, and Witter Farm. Your actions have helped more people than you know. Your communities thank you.