26 Jul 2020

Ann Shelton's eco-exhibition Mother Lode

From Standing Room Only, 12:35 pm on 26 July 2020

The Wairarapa Eco Farm was ahead of its time, the first Community Supported Agriculture venture where people paid in advance for a season's produce.

One of the first to sign up was photographer Ann Shelton, and after 14 years of enjoying fresh vegetables and eggs from the farm, she's photographed it.

Ann says her work's not just pictures of an unconventional farm where nothing's grown in neat rows, but is also an exploration of big issues like sustainability, food security and ethics, and the history of gardens in art.

The exhibition, Mother Lode is on at Bartley + Company Art in Wellington.

She's also publishing a book of the same name, including digital drawings and a short story by Wellington writer Pip Adam.  Lynn Freeman asks Ann Shelton why the Eco Farm means so much to her.