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Signed Copy of Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley - Coffee Table Books - Shop Nectar - 1

Signed Copy of Organic: Farmers and Chefs of the Hudson Valley

$ 49.95

New York's Hudson Valley has become an epicenter for the local, organic, sustainable food movement. With its rich agricultural land, the awareness for sustainable living, and the growing demand for local, organic food, the farm-to-table locavore movement has become a way of life throughout much of upstate New York. Organic spotlights the Hudson Valley as a region at the forefront of this movement and features the portraits and words of the dedicated farmers who are committed to growing and producing food using sustainable methods, as well as the chefs who echo their beliefs and pay homage to the food they produce.

Photographed by local upstate New York artist Francesco Mastalia, Organic contains more than 100 portraits of the farmers and chefs of the Hudson Valley using the wet-plate collodion process, a technique developed in the 1850s when the art of photography was in its infancy. With the use of an antique large-format camera and brass lenses, glass plates are hand coated to produce one-of-a-kind ambrotype images. The amber-toned images remind us of a time when the cultivation of land was a manual process that linked the farmer directly to the soil. "Organic" is one of the most misunderstood and often misused words describing food today. In narrating their own stories, the farmers and chefs share their philosophy about what it means to grow and live organically and sustainably.

Hardcover. 224 pages.

*Each copy at Nectar is signed by the author, our neighbor & dear friend, Francesco Mastalia.