When I started this project, I had a few paintings and a lot of questions. Was it possible to exclusively eat locally sourced food? Who were the people making my food? What was the best way to handle these fresh, new ingredients? How could I help surface this trend in the Capital region of upstate New York? And then, at a more personal level, would I be able to make art that mattered to me -- and others -- without getting bored or distracted? In a world of sadness, could I make art that would make people smile?
The food questions, quite honestly, have been answered by others more qualified than me. I'm a pretty good home cook, but I use the internet like everyone else to find out how long to cook an heirloom chicken or what to do with unusual fruits and vegetables like quince and kohlrabi. I now have favorite farmers at the Schenectady Greenmarket and e-mail subscriptions with other, smaller farm entrepreneurs. The information is out there and I wasn't doing a great job keeping up the blog because it didn't feel like I was adding anything new.
So, from now on, I'm going to focus more on my art. I'll share what's new... and maybe some of the things I'm struggling with. I'll try to post updates on shows and events. You can also see what's going on by following Farm Share Studio on Facebook and Instagram. I'll continue to donate 10% of all my sales (less tax and commissions) to the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association. I'll also continue to look for ways to bolster our local markets and community.