Thursday, July 02, 2009

Deeply Rooted: Farm Aid & Lisa M. Hamilton

KariWriter and photographer Lisa M. Hamilton focuses on food and agriculture, particularly the stories of farmers. Her work has taken her from castration time on a Wyoming sheep ranch to a meeting of radical plant breeders in Iowa; from dairy farms in the highlands of Bavaria to sacred rice paddies along the coast of Japan.

She is the author of two books: Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness and Farming to Create Heaven on Earth. Her work has also been published in The Nation, Harper's, National Geographic Traveler, Orion, and Gastronomica.

On Wednesday, June 25 Lisa and Farm Aid teamed up for an event at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lisa read from her recent release Deeply Rooted and spoke about her connection to farming as well as how she began on her path as an author and photographer.

Carolyn Mugar, Executive Director of Farm Aid, was there to speak about Farm Aid's work advocating for dairy farmers, who are being paid less than half the cost to produce milk. In honor of Dairy Month, we had a milk tasting where we sampled three different varieties of milk from New England dairy farmers. Chef Peter Davis of Henrietta’s Table at The Charles Hotel provided delicious pig-shaped cookies! Read more about Lisa M. Hamilton on her website and catch up on Farm Aid’s work on the dairy crisis here.

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