This project examines the complex and persistent roles farms and food play in contemporary life. Multiple processes of the food system—agriculture, storage, transportation, retail, and consumption—demonstrate the intricacy of this hidden economy. Captions yield insights accrued from interviews with people intimately involved in each part of the system. This gallery attempts to illustrate the myriad ways that food affects our lives.
Agriculture, more a lifestyle than a mere occupation, shapes our community. The Berkshire region is home to a vast agricultural network that informs the lives of its residents, including students at Williams College. This display offers a mosaic of places, people, animals, and moments to stimulate discussion and thought about our area’s unique and vital food culture.
–Will Raskin, September 2012