Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
2104 Stevens Avenue South
Part of the Minnesota Global series.
5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Using the synergistic power of photography and storytelling, Dan and Melinda Hemmelgarn’s Food, Art, Revolution, Media (FARM) project blends compelling photographs with relevant stories from rural America to influence public opinion and drive public policy to support a more just and sustainable food system.
The FARM project contrasts the pervasive media campaigns of powerful industrial agribusiness with rural realities. With the looming 2012 Farm Bill, their unique application of media literacy education can help raise national awareness, fuel community engagement and promote "food citizenship" over blind consumption.
Join us as the Hemmelgarns utilize photography to document the American food and agricultural landscape and amplify the voices of sustainable family farmers and food producers across the United States.
As an IATP Food and Community Fellow alum, journalist, and nutrition, health and media educator, Melinda’s work involves the study of both farm and food policies, and the media messages that define and reflect our national and global food system, and thereby influence public health. Melinda and Dan’s innovative interpretation and application of media literacy education includes agricultural, ecological and food system literacy. Working as a team, Dan captures compelling images of farmers, their land and livestock; while Melinda strengthens the voices of sustainable family farms and food producers through print, radio, professional conferences and public presentations.
Together, Dan and Melinda have created two philanthropic "Farm Hands" calendars to raise funds, awareness, and appreciation for those who feed us. Their greeting cards blend F.A.R.M. Project images and interviews to help disseminate the wisdom of organic farmers and food producers. The couple also produces a weekly, award-winning radio program to help listeners "think beyond their plates" and connect the dots between food, health and agriculture. "Food Sleuth Radio" is broadcast from KOPN studios in Columbia, Missouri: 89.5 FM. www.kopn.org