The Farmers’ Hands

When I began documenting the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund projects of innovative farmers for RAFI-USA this fall, I knew I wanted to take portraits of the farmers’ hands. Hands- just as faces, I think- tell stories. There is great importance for me in paying attention to the hands- hands of the earth, literally, in this case- the hands of those who work with the earth and who are stewards of the ground. When I was taking the photographs, many of the farmers said, “My hands are so dirty.” And I said, “That’s the point!” My hope, with the portraits of hands, is to honor the work those hands do. See our farmers’ hands here! The hands of farmer Shannon Roberts and his sons' and nephew's