Thank you to all 45 Farm Tour participants who submitted such beautiful photos for our first ever High Country Farm Tour Photo Contest. The committee was tasked with the challenge of choosing the winning photos and here they are!!
First Place Adult's Contest
Charlie in the tub Photo taken by Maxine Gordon Location: Nelson Family Farm in Zionville, NC
"I am a photographer who thoroughly enjoys nature photography and especially the beauty of Western North Carolina and the High Country. Another area interest is to photograph old barns, abandoned houses, old cars and trucks. I believe each has a story to tell about days gone by."
Second Place Adult's Contest
"Caterpillar" tunnels at Against the Grain Farm Photo taken by Jonathan "Jay" Wild Location: Against the Grain Farm in Zionville, NC
"These "caterpillar" tunnels illustrate the efforts organic farmers must go through to protect crops like peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes from fungal diseases during the kind of rainfall we have had this season. Holly Whitesides and her husband Andy Bryant are outstanding examples of the work that women (and their partners) in agriculture are doing on a day to day basis to provide us with healthy, safe. and sustainable food including grain and seeds. There is lots to be learned at Against the Grain farm that can be used by all of us (both home and professional gardeners)."
Third Place Adult's Contest
Garlic Heaven Photo taken by Dale Carson Location: Bridle Creek Farms in Deep Gap, NC
Originally from the midwest, Dale earned advanced degrees and worked in Agricultural Research for his entire career. He developed his love for the harmony between man and nature in this endeavor and ever since has sought to capture those images in photography. Dale displays his work at CatchLight Gallery in West Jefferson, NC as well as on-line at his web site Bluemoonistic.com
Kid's Photo Contest Winner
A Different Kind of Rainbow Photo taken by Kelsy Anne Boyle Kelsy Boyle is a 14 year old freshmen at Watauga High School. She was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and later moved to Flagstaff, Arizona. Over a year ago she moved to Boone. Kelsy has always enjoyed photography, and she strives to take at least one picture every day for the year. She especially likes taking pictures of nature and animals. Kelsy's other interests include: soccer, art, piano, biking, and camping.
People's Choice Category Winner
Chèvrerie Photo taken by Meira Shuman Location: WIld Pilgrim Farmstead in Lenoir, NC
Since she was a little girl, Meira has loved animals. Her latest animal obsession has been goats, so she was particularly excited to volunteer with the High Country Farm Tour at the Wild Pilgrim Farmstead. At this farm there were goats aplenty, as well as dogs, chickens, and an array of colorful vegetables. Meira has recently graduated from AppState with a Master's in Counseling. Some day she will establish her own therapeutic farm community, but until then she plans to travel around the country while rock climbing, hiking, writing, and taking photos.
Honorable Mention Photographs: in no particular order
Bridle Creek Sunflower by Jay Wild at Bridle Creek Farms, Deep Gap, NC
Lonely Turkey by Anna Lang Reinbach at New Life Farm, Boone, NC
Old is New Again by Patrick McLendon at Mountain Works Farms, Zionville, NC
People Watching by Kelly Haugh at Apple Hill Farm, Banner Elk, NC
Beans Fantastic! by Eli Christian Lewis at Wild Pilgrim Farmstead, Lenoir, NC
Summer Bounty by Eli Christian Lewis at Wild Pilgrim Farmstead, Lenoir, NC
“Kevin” the Owl Rick “DirtDiver” Mahoney at Johnny Wilson Farms, Granite Falls, NC
Diggin’ in the Dirt by Chris Patti at F.A.R.M. Café’s “The Garden Spot”, Valle Crucis, NC
Heather & Dynamite by Anna MacDonald Dobbs at Herbville & Crane Farm, Granite Falls, NC
Pigs in the Garden by Anna MacDonald Dobbs at New Life Farm, Boone, NC
See these photos in real life at the Looking Glass Gallery at Appalachian State University during the fall 2013 semester!
Biographies and artists' statements will be displayed alongside each work. All promotional costs will be covered by Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, the Sustainability Council's Sustainability Arts Grant award, and the Office of Student Programs.
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA) is dedicated to strengthening the High Country's local food system by supporting women and their families with resources, education, and skills related to sustainable food and agriculture.