The Organics

“And over there” …. Successful Farmers are Entrepreneurs

Since I have been documenting organic farmers and farming, I have been searching for and cataloguing common denominators that characterize this special breed of growers. I had the opportunity this week to visit with Cheryl Ferguson and Ray Tuegel, owners of Plum Granny Farm. In only a moment of a conversation, Cheryl exclaimed “And over […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands – “MicroPRESS – Volume I”

The new hand sewn  “MicroPRESS – Volume I” of The Organics: Heart and Hands has just been published! Printed with archival inks on archival paper, this signed, and numbered, limited edition of 50  photo books is now available. The Organics is a long-term project designed to capture the living spirit of sustainable agriculture growers’ hearts and […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Cheryl and Ray

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. “Growing up on the farm, I really never saw myself coming back and making a life here […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Isaac Oliver

  We had a family garden when I was growing up in Alabama, and my dad gave me the responsibility of taking care of the beans. I really enjoyed that experience – a real sense of pride that has stayed with me. What impacted me the most was one day when I was working construction […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Jennifer Mantler

  Jennifer Mantler lives what this photo essay  project is all about … Jennifer, like so many other college students that we have encountered, had periods of disillusionment during the college years of her life.  Unfulfilled expectations and conflicting messages generated by a choice of  study majors, in Jennifer’s case – environmental science and political science – […]


The Troybilt made me do it …

Cynthia Glasscoe enjoys telling the story of her dad’s Troybilt tiller which changed her life. “It has been in my barn forever as a a gentle reminder of when he was alive and instilled in me his passion for gardening and farming.” This image is the newest addition to the Organics: Heart and Hands series.


The Organics: Heart and Hands Bob Alsup

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. From surgeon to farmer … Since coming back to Winston-Salem to begin practice in 1979, Bob Alsup […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Kate Schumacher

  Kate Schumacher has lived her whole life in the South, and as she tells it, “rural spaces have been a part of my entire existence.”  A college education and a few months into graduate school put her into a panic when she finally figured out that  she wasn’t living a meaningful existence.   Career […]


The Organics: Heart and Hands Cynthia Glasscoe

This profile is a seminal component of a major work portfolio head lighting organic farmers whose hands are as expressive as their faces, and whose hearts have lead them to a proactive life of caring for the earth and others. Cynthia Glasscoe reclaimed a 106 acre farm that was purchased by her father in 1944 and became a […]