Big River Farms in Wilder Forest . Watermelon Harvest.  The guy working the vines throws a melon to the guy by the tubs.IMG_2984IMG_3013


Filling the tubs with similar sized melons for CSA customers. Ten melons to a tub.

Gotta make sure it’s ripe.IMG_3059Ten watermelons at 10+ lbs a piece is about 100+ lbs for a tub.
IMG_3065 Sorting and counting.IMG_3074 This is a family endeavor, Father, Brother, Sons, and grandson.  Porfirio and his family are from Guatemala and participating in the immigrant farmer program at Big River Farms/Minnesota Food Association.IMG_3094 IMG_3101 IMG_3109 IMG_3119 IMG_3126 This is heavy work and they deserve a break. The watermelon is delicious and sweet, juicy and ripe.  To sign up for CSA shares go here Big River FarmsIMG_3129_1


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Laurie Schneider is a visual storyteller whose portrait and documentary projects capture the humanity of her subjects.  She specializes in photographing people who shape the landscape of our times, showing us how they look, what they do, and the way they influence our world.  Laurie’s projects include commercial, editorial and portraiture work with sustainable agriculture, animals, and people.  When she is not clicking the shutter, Laurie is riding horses or rescuing honeybee swarms.  She is proud to be a steward of the land.

Laurie Schneider is a 2013 recipient of the Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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