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BURLAP. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers by Raymond Goodman.

September 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Smelt Art Gallery presents
BURLAP. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers by Raymond Goodman.
Opening September 5th 5pm–8pm (during Abundance NC’s Sprout Party*)
Show dates: September 3 – October 3 2019
220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC 27312

This photography exhibit captures the faces of the clean food movement in our region of North Carolina, the Piedmont. These portraits were taken with a veil of burlap between the farmers and the land they work. While these individuals have come to farming from a range of backgrounds and with varying intentions, these farmers have ultimately arrived at a nexus of geographical and philosophical common ground. Day after day, season after season, they set about their duties motivated by a love of labor and by the integrity of their mission.

Regardless of age, a youthful optimism persists in spite of the adversarial climate of today’s corporate food system. After decades of industrial agriculture and its assault on small, independent farmers, the agricultural tradition had been left hanging by a thread. Farmers are few; shareholders are many, and much knowledge has been forgotten. But the remnants of that knowledge, kept alive by a devoted few, are being stewarded by these farmers with new methodologies and a nod to the long agricultural tradition and history they are carrying on.

The beauty of this small-scale, intelligent farming resurgence rests in the collective, co-operative approach to solving age-old problems. There is an overarching desire to share knowledge and resources, while chipping away at monoculture and environmental disregard. These small-scale farms are winning day by day as evidenced by the growth and popularity of farmers markets, farm to fork restaurants, plow to pint breweries, local this, and organic that. “This isn’t a return to anything,” says one farmer while checking his email and taking a quick phone call in the field. Dropping an heirloom tomato into a bucket hanging from his belt loop he continues: “There’s nothing more modern thanthe food we eat.”

The frames, designed by local architect William H. Dodge and fabricated by carpenter Marc E. Smith, are all made of locally sourced Ambrosia maple and feathered with cherry and mahogany.

*Sprout Party is a celebration of the farmers, chefs, beverage gurus, staff, volunteers and everyone who has ever made PepperFest** possible. If you plan on attending Sprout Party / opening of BURLAP. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers by Raymond Goodman, please RSVP: marcelaslade@gmail.com Everyone is welcome, we just want to know how many people to expect! !! There will be cocktails and cash bar by Fair Game Beverage Company and Local Food and Cash Kitchen by Copeland Springs Farm and Kitchen.

PepperFest** is an event put on by Abundance NC, this year being it’s 12th Annual and taking place Sunday, Sept 22, 2019 from 3-6 PM in the streets of Pittsboro! PepperFest is a celebration of sustainable agriculture, farmers, and the creativity of the Piedmont’s top chefs, brewers and artisans.

This outdoor event is held in NC’s cool late summer and hosts around 3000 folks who enjoy live music and revelry, learning and discovery – including a kid’s craft and fun zone – while filling up on delicious pepper-themed dishes made with delicious, locally grown sweet, hot and smoky NC peppers, a SUPERFOOD!

For more info: contact: marcelaslade@gmail.com


September 5, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Abundance NC
Smelt Art Gallery


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Smelt Art Gallery
220 Lorax Lane
Pittsboro, 27312 United States
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