Picture Show: Honest Work on an Organic Farm

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Picture Show: Honest Work on an Organic Farm

by Jake Stangel, Patrick James

February 19, 2010
In an effort to escape hustle and bustle of his urban life, the photographer Jake Stangel contacted Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms. WWOOF, as it's more commonly known, links volunteers with organic farmers to "promote an educational exchange, and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices." WWOOF connected Stangel with a couple who operate an organic farm in Central Florida, where he spent two weeks learning how to work with his hands and till some land.

"I had this desire to leave the urban environment, to ditch the computer and the phone" says Stangel, who lives in Portland, Oregon. "I got to work a handful of other people—to use my hands and power tools—on this beautiful farm in the middle of nowhere."

Although he may have left the computer at home, he brought his camera with him, and he documented his work with remarkable imagery. What follows is a selection from Jake Stangel's "Florida Farming."


Adjacent road to the farm, foggy morning


Bringing sheep to pasture, early morning


Hens and rooster


Neighbors- Erica and Kalai


Storage barn


Cold morning turns into a hot afternoon


Erica picks tangerines


Cupcake


Alexis (sheep) dies suddenly in the pasture of worms


Rusted woven fence, to be brought to the scrap center


Cupcake and Megan dig a hole together


Anne, 4 days old, next to her mom


Tacoma climbs the tangerine tree


Chicken coop, early morning


Farm tools


Sheepskin, halfway through drying


Inside the tool shed


Steam off the pond


Leon leading his sheep
 
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