A few more captures from Stone Barns during a recent visit to shoot the Young Farmer's Conference. I love being up on the farm, it's my escape from reality and the city streets. It's relaxing and brings me back to earth. The interactions I have with the animals and the passionate farmers always leaves me feeling blessed. These are my people, people who are in touch with nature and the way things work. People who are capable of growing things. Growing things that make us healthy, and enable us to create dishes that soothe the soul. I feel like way too many people are disconnected to that. We share the planet with more things then just ourselves. It's important to remember that.
I've recently watched a few children's movies. The animal based characters always portraying man as a negative influence. Something that comes in and destroys forests, builds horrible monstrosities, harms the environment. At what point in our lives does this transition occur? Where we stop being kids and looking at the animals as are our friends. When money, our jobs, and the busy adult lives take over. If we all kept even a little bit of our childhood love for animals as adults we would be in a much better place. The dog in the last photo and I had a moment. A moment of true affection and understanding. Though it may sound odd it was one of the best interactions I've had in a long time. I instantly fell in love with that pup and the feeling was mutual. I stood with her at the back of a pick up truck while she rested her paw on my shoulder. A moment too perfect, one that makes me want to leave everything and start a small farm of my own. Makes me question whats really important. Animals are so much easier to love, I wish people would stop hurting them. Most of my viewers know how I feel about vegetables and even though I didn't go into specifics about farming. The video below is great and inspiring, featuring the young farmer's and why they farm. Love them.