With the launch of Farm, Food, Life, Kimberly Peck hopes to inspire people to think more about the food on their plates, who produced it, and how local it can be.
Kimberly Peck, a seasoned photographer who launched her farm photo-documentary series “Locally Known” in 2011, is pleased to introduce her newly published book, Farm. Food. Life: Photographs + Recipes Inspired by Local Farms.
The 86-page book is a visual narrative of 12 New England farms, focusing on the hard work that farmers undertake to produce the vegetables, dairy products, eggs and meat that people eat every day.
In addition to the photographs, Peck has included 12 recipes – one for each farm – that showcase a featured ingredient produced by each farmer, such as milk, chicken or vegetables. The book also includes 12 farmer profiles, complete with answers to five key questions: why do you farm; what is your biggest challenge; what is your favorite crop/product; what is your most under-appreciated product; how would you describe your farm in three words; and what is in your farm’s future. “Every farm is different – what they do and how they do it. The book captures each farms’ unique characteristics,” says Peck.
Peck strives to show readers not only the passion that farmers have for what they do, but also the hard work involved in producing real food on real farms in New England. “I am in awe of farm life, the ever-evolving, deeply-rooted connection between human, animal and plant. Farms are part of the backbone of New England,” says Peck, “I am captivated by the historical tradition, as well as the passion and dedication it requires.” Peck hopes that the book will connect viewers to this chosen way of earning a living and providing sustenance to their communities.
Farm. Food. Life: Photographs + Recipes Inspired by Local Farms is printed in the U.S. on recycled paper and is available online, as well as the Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough & Keene, NH. It retails for $22 and makes an excellent holiday gift.
Raised in a small Vermont town, Peck has been photographing the “messy, silly happy chaos called life” for more than 20 years and is passionate about documentary photography. Taking inspiration from such well-known photographers as Dorothy Lange and Peter Miller, Peck is drawn to farms and their down-to-earth approach to living.
In 2011, Peck launched Locally Known, a project exploring local farms and community agriculture. Inspired by her artistic desire to create a visual documentary of hard-working New England farmers, Locally Known deepens the connection between local farmers, producers and consumers. Originally featured in The Monadnock-Ledger Transcript, Locally Known continues to evolve into an inspiring and creative exploration of local agriculture. In 2014, Peck plans to expand the project by photographing more farms in Vermont and Maine.
Peck’s photographs have been exhibited throughout New England, including the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery, Griffin Museum of Photography, South Shore Art Center, and the Sharon Arts Center. Her work has appeared in Taproot, Monadnock Table, Yankee Magazine and Monadnock Living.
When not at work on her next project, Peck is available for photographic assignments. For more information about Kimberly Peck, visit her portfolio: www.kimberlypeckphotography.com.
Kimberly Peck lives in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire with her husband and three children.