The Organic Year by Photographer Karrah Kwasnik

This unique book is a true labor of love



In our ever-more-virtual world, we find that we value things that were touched by hands. The difference between an ear of corn harvested by a rolling factory and one picked by a family farmer is hard to explain in non-emotional terms.

Books are still a template for such excursions of the heart and mind, but these, too, are transforming into digital bits before our eyes.

“The Organic Year” is an exploration of a family’s intimate relationship with the land on Tuckaway and Sheltering Rock farms in Lee, NH. Photographer Karrah Kwasnik says she undertook the project to provoke conversation around what “organic” looks like, aside from a USDA label, in hopes of encouraging support for all locally owned and operated farms.

The accordion-like layout and design for the book took months to devise — to be made by hand to be held by hands. “In light of my project’s subject matter combined with how we typically ingest our daily news and media, I think there’s something quite intimate about actually holding a story,” she says.

But we do live in an ever-more-virtual world, so the “The Organic Year” can be viewed as a full photo documentary at karrahkwasnik.com.

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