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Kayla Ketchie

No Farm, No Food, No Future
Digital Print
11″ x 14″

The Green Machine
Digital Print
14″ x 11″

Horse-high & bull-strong
Digital Print
14″ x 11″

Bessie
Digital Print
11″ x 14″

Thank a Farmer
Digital Print
14″ x 11″

Repair Not Replace
Digital Print
14″ x 11″

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Digital Print
14″ x 11″

I use photography as a means of addressing current issues through images that can be shared with both consumers as well as policymakers. This series of black and white photos were taken to answer two questions: why is supporting local farmers so important, and what are the hurdles that farmers are facing on a day-to-day basis. I focused my lens on scenes of not only the farmers who spend 365 days a year tending to their crops and animals, but also the animals, land and equipment used to complete such tasks – farmers would not be able to do what they do without those three things. Increased population growth, climate change and the need to protect land are just a few of the daily issues that farmers face all while building a consumer base that supports local farming. Purchasing from local farmers keeps money invested in the community rather than large corporations who rely on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.┬áBy supporting local farmers today, we ensure that there will be farms in our community tomorrow.