Working for Food

Last Updated June 11, 2016
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From farmers and gardeners, to delivery drivers and cooks, people are working for food. While money lets them earn a living, there are very few people, at any place in the food-supply chain, who do their work for cash riches. Working for Food is a six part portrait series documenting the passion of the people growing and preparing the stuff that sustains us.

"What started out as a small video in 2012 that told the story of a local farmer and his sustainable farm systems has now evolved into a 6 part series and has grown to involve 5 more characters connected in the world of food and the writers, filmmakers, & photographers who tell their story.

The series follows how food moves through the system from Farmer to Driver, from Gardener to Restaurant, from Brewer to Dairy. These connections show us that food is a major part of our community and the people who are working behind the scenes to bring it to us do so out of passion and commitment to their craft. We started by taking photographers to shoot the characters we had chosen. Neither parties had met and by doing things this way we sought out to achieve a series of honest portraits of the people behind the food.

We chose Edible Ottawa to print the story because of their commitment to quality content and beautiful imagery. Now that all 6 portraits have been featured in the magazine we are now moving on to the next stage: a documentary web series that tells the story of, not only the characters we chose, but how the incredible photography came to be (and why). We feel the story is incredible and the resulting first episode really took what we felt was a great project to start to the next level. The best part of this whole idea is the matching of cultures. We have taken passionate people in the food world and paired them with passionate people of the art world. Each pays tribute to the other. We hope to see this project grow and go beyond the first six characters."

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