West-central Minnesota farm life photography on display in New York Mills

A March 3 reception will also feature sustainable farmers

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A west-central Minnesota farmer in a photo exhibit by Pelican Rapids resident Jon Solinger on display at the New York Mills Cultural Center. (Contributed)
Jon Solinger

NEW YORK MILLS — Farming and the sustainable food movement will be showcased at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center during a reception 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

The reception will include a gallery display of photographs by Jon Solinger about life on small farms in rural west-central Minnesota. The display, entitled "Deep Roots: Sustaining a Living Community," will be on display now until March 4.

Solinger collaborated with members of the Lake Agassiz chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association and MANNA Food Co-op, as well as the support of West Central Initiative. His work captures the local people, animals, and landscapes involved in the work of sustainable farming and local food.

At the reception, Solinger will give a short presentation at about 5 p.m., followed by a representative from the Sustainable Farming Association, who will talk about sustainable farming locally and the good food movement.

Additional presenters will include Noreen Thomas from Doubting Thomas Farms who will talk about organic grain farming, and who will bring bread samples made with grain she has raised. Brittney Johnson will bring hand-spun yarn and washed fleeces from her flock of sheep and will take names if anybody wants a whole or half lamb this fall. Other farmers featured in the show will also be on hand to answer questions and visit with guests.


The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Gallery is free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Private viewings can be arranged anytime by calling Cheryl Bannes at 218-385-3339 or emailing

The cultural center received funding for the event from the Minnesota State Arts Board with revenue from the voter-approved Legacy Amendment.

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