Walking the Farms of Vermont.
Photographs by John Huddleston.
Center for American Places, Chicago, 2012. 128 pp., color illustrations throughout, 8x10".
In Healing Ground artist John Huddleston considers, in prose and photographs, a fertile landscape that has been continuously farmed for centuries. Here, the family farm endures bolstered by a new interest in local, sustainable food production.
With a democratic attention, Huddleston records agricultural cycles of life and death and the seasonal transformations of the fields. The landscape is dotted with Huddleston’s own sculptures, works composed from natural materials that reflect and comment on climate, geography, and agricultural practices.
Through these photographs and the accompanying essay by environmental leader Bill McKibben, Healing Ground affirms the beauty of a productive, working landscape.