February 8, 2009

A tour of my farm

Just before last Thanksgiving, we invited photographer, Paul Mobley as a guest on my television show (Watch Here), where he introduced his fabulous new book entitled American Farmer.  Before branching out on his own, Paul apprenticed for many years for photography greats Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley.  Their influence can certainly be seen in this ambitious work filled with exquisite photographs and personal narratives of farmers all across this country.

Appearing on the show with Paul were a few of his subjects.  Cousin Don, and quite a character by the way, traveled from his fifth generation farm in Clifford, Michigan.  There on 80-acres, Cousin Don produces eggs, jams, jellies, maple syrup, raspberries, tomatoes, eggplant, and sweet corn.  Don is very active in his local farmers’ markets and his motto is “know your farmer, know your food.”   Alice Wiemers came from a 150-acre farm in Texas where they raise corn, beef, and honey. And Carly DelSignore and Aaron Bell visited from their magnificent 1600-acre plot in Maine.  These ninth generation farmers run an organic farm producing mixed vegetables, dairy, chickens, turkeys, beef, and pork.  After the show I invited, those who could make it, on a little tour of my farm.  Here are the photos.

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Touring the cold house - Joe Wright, Aaron Bell, Carly DelSignore, Mike Fiore - my property manager, and Cousin Don - they all were amazed how much was growing at the end of November.