Nora and Doug
With all of the snow and freezing weather it is hard to imagine that it will ever be warm again, let alone August-hot.
I'm really looking forward to this summer because I get to work on a dream project. I get to write about Indiana agriculture and the Indiana State Fair for an exhibit that will run all seventeen days of the Fair!
I will be blogging about it here: Farm to Fair.
The wonderful artist, Douglas David and I were kicking around the Indiana State Fair last summer and I was struck by the different things we appreciated about the Fair. As an artist, Doug was drawn to the color and pageantry. As a writer and farm girl, I was interested in the people and the history.
I am very proud of my agricultural roots, but realize that we are almost 100 years past the time that most Hoosiers lived on farms. I don't want us to be so far removed from our food supply that we cannot connect the dots from a soybean to a corn dog.
The goal of the exhibit is to draw that line with paintings and words.
We were able to apply for a grant (more about that in a future post) and with the generous help of some State Fair folks we got the green light last month.
The whole thing still feels surreal to me: I get to write about the Indiana State Fair and food and farms? And get paid?
It's going to be a good year.