HALLOWELL — The Harlow Gallery recently announced 13 artist/farm partnerships for Community Supporting Arts (CSA II) project taking place across Maine in 2017.

Participating artists will visit their partner farms regularly beginning in January, at the very start of the 2017 growing season, creating art inspired by their farmer’s lives, work, and landscape.

The resulting body of artwork will be exhibited at three venues in the fall of 2017, at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, at Maine Farmland Trust’s gallery in Belfast and at Engine in Biddeford.

All the participating farms are Community Supported Agriculture. A CSA farm sells shares at the beginning of the growing season and then provides fresh, seasonal food on a regular basis to each shareholding household throughout the growing season.

The project will use the power of art to promote the economic and environmental benefits of organic farming and of buying locally grown food.

The planning phase of CSA II, starting in late 2015, has been supported by grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation.

The project steering committee released a statewide call to artists and farmers last spring to which 113 artists and 24 farms applied. Committee members Chris Cart, Deb Fahy, Lily Joslin, Anna Libby, Allison McKeen, Lauren Olson and Denis Thoet worked together to select and match the final partnerships as follows:

• Ingrid Ellison, of Camden, is partnered with Hope’s Edge Farm in Hope;

• Helene Farrar, of Manchester, is partnered with Farmer Kev’s in West Gardiner;

• Dylan Gifford, of Kents Hill, is partnered with Wholesome Holmstead in Winthrop;

• Karen Merritt, of Portland, is partnered with Crystal Spring Farm in Brunswick;

• Anna O’Sullivan, of Portland, is partnered with TheFarmME in Saco;

• Tim Ouillette, of Portland, is partnered with Hancock Family Farm in Casco;

• Tyson Pease, of Gardiner, is partnered with Tender Soles Farm in Richmond;

• Alyssa Phanitdasack, of Portland, is partnered with Sheepscot General Farm & Store in Whitefield;

• Jessica Rhoades, of Thomaston, is partnered with Whatley Farm in Topsham;

• Susan Bartlett Rice, of Walpole, is partnered with Tarbox Farm in Westport Island;

• Nicholas Runco, of Oakland, is partnered with Kennebec Valley Community College CSA in Hinckley;

• Kris Sader, of Orono, is partnered with Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft;

• Rebecca May Verrill, of Portland, is partnered with Frith Farm in Scarborough.

For more information, visit harlowgallery.org.

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