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Photo: Whole World in the Palm of My Hand (2020)

By Clare DiSanto

For the majority of 2019, in addition to raising my three children, I worked at Eight Mile Creek Farm in Westerlo, NY. Eight Mile Creek Farm is owned and operated by Pam Shreiber. Pam raises grass fed beef, chicken, pigs selling products at a Farmer’s Market downstate as well as providing protein options in her local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Eight Mile Creek Farm is also an organic vegetable farm. While working for Pam in her greenhouses and vegetable field, I learned and performed all tasks required to take vegetables from seed to table. My physical efforts were often done independently, offering space for self reflection and personal growth. Braving all kinds of weather, I gained strength and appreciation for the farming lifestyle. I was blown away by Pam’s dedication and unwavering strength. I myself enjoyed the bounty provided by the land and love of Eight Mile Creek Farm. After beginning my position with NYS DOH, coordinating the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Program, I was able to support Eight Mile Creek Farm and reap the benefits of my CSA membership in 2020. I will forever be grateful for this katalytic experience. By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Clare DiSanto; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2020