Farm Share Studio celebrates local food and the farmers who make it possible. I began incubating the idea many months ago, after I retired and began to paint for the first time in years. At the time we had planted heirloom vegetables in our small kitchen garden and joined a farmshare CSA within biking distance from our home in Altamont, NY.
Every week a new collection of vegetables arrive to challenge both my painting and cooking skills. And when I'm not staring at gnarly carrots or fresh green peas, I'm running errands in the beautiful agricultural countryside that surrounds our house. That's when I started noticing the "Coming Soon" signs featuring bloated McMansions sprouting on fields that had been tilled since the 18th century.
Having seen the effects of unbridled development in San Francisco, New York, and many other cities, I realized that this is a clock that you can't unwind. I also know that small farmers and landowners are the foundation for the local landscape and are struggling to survive. Like all of us, they deserve to make a living. This project is an ongoing attempt on my part to learn more, find like-minded people, and support solutions as I find them.