We seem to have missed spring here in Petaluma. We’ve had nothing but rain, rain, rain. Despite the weather we have managed to kick off our farmers market stands. I tasted some doughnut peaches the other day at the Petaluma Market. And oh sweet Mary – the first cherries of the season made me weak in the knees. Sure makes you appreciate all the hard work our farmer friends do.
In fact, around here we appreciate them so much that we have launched a project that will help sustain the lives and livelihoods, not only of these farmers but, their children and future generations. Our goat wranglers, Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard, spent lots of time around the gopher holes here at Rumplefarm talking about the fragile state of our environment. As farmers themselves, this issue has always played a pivotal role in their lives.
We decided to take action by starting a project that would help grow this conversation to create real change. The Lexicon of Sustainability project began with Douglas photographing the leading practitioners of sustainability in food and farming. Now we’re producing short films and a traveling show are about to be unveiled this summer. And, now we’ve been granted a fellowship with United States Artists!
The first photo series from the project are on display in the Google cafeterias where, by the way, Googlers and guests can enjoy the art with some Laloo’s! Now that we have criss crossed the country, the Lexicon project is in the final tour to cover farmers in America… we need to photograph farmers in the South. Here is where I hope all our Laloo’s fans can help. Please visit Unites States Artists at http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/the_lexicon_of_sustainability_southern_series . Come on’ join the conversation!