Time: January 4, 2011 to January 29, 2011
Location: Hosmer Gallery
Street: 20 West St.
Website or Map: http://www.forbeslibrary.org
Phone: (413) 587-1013
Event Type: exhibition, photography
Organized By: Hosmer Gallery
Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2010
Erik Hoffner will show photographs created while reporting on a story about the sustainable agriculture programs of Heifer Project International in Poland. Small farms throughout the country are struggling with conventional ways of raising animals, but the 'heritage breeds' of farm animals that Heifer Project is returning to the farms - nearly forgotten breeds of cows, geese, chickens, pigs, and horses - have numerous qualities superior to those of their more commercial counterparts, especially in sustainable farm systems like the ones Erik visited. The farmers are rejuvenating their national heritage, improving their businesses, and saving these important breeds from extinction. It's a reunion story, and the intimate portraits that Erik has created speak volumes.
Erik Hoffner is a documentary photographer and writer living in Ashfield. He exhibits regionally and publishes his work in The Sun, Earth Island Journal, World Ark, Grist.org, and Orion magazine, for which he works as Outreach Coordinator. More images can be seen at www.erikhoffner.com/gallery4.html.