Connecting with the Land

IMG_3691proproby Ellie Markovitch

This weekend was the opening of Connecting with the Land, a photography exhibit that lets us experience local farms through the eyes of youth in the Underground Gallery at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.

I was one of the teachers for The Farm Photography for Kids program of the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA).  I taught youth urban farmers with Capital District Community Gardens Produce Project. They documented their 8th Street Farm in Troy, NY and Soul Fire Farm in Grafton. I am so proud of their work. The students selected their favorite images reflecting how they see and are connected wit the land.

The exhibit will be on display from March 22nd through June 15th. For gallery hours visit

Special thank you to Nancy Weber, Tolu Fashoro, Hannah Savio, Katie Doyle, Meegan Finnegan and everyone who made the evening possible.

Yes, I made large pots of beans for the reception! 🙂

IMG_3665ewphoto by Ellie Markovitch

Pasta Fagioli for 50 people
12 cups cooked white beans (navy) (2 lbs dried beans)
8 cups of tomatoes, crushed with juice
2 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup of olive oil
10 cloves of garlic, minced
3 sprig thyme
1 tablespoon of dried basil
water or vegetable broth to cover the beans
2 pounds baby spinach leaves
salt and pepper to taste
4 pounds cooked pasta, al dente, drizzle some olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking together, serve with the beans
Parmesan cheese, grated, optional
I had a couple of large pots for this job and then transferred the beans to keep warm in crockpots.
Sauté onions in oil until soft and translucent for a couple of minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, thyme, basil, salt and pepper to taste. Add beans, enough water or broth to cover the beans and let simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in spinach leaves and serve over cooked pasta and Parmesan.

connectin with the land wall1IMG_3700ewphoto by Ellie Markovitch

IMG_3705ewphoto by Ellie Markovitch


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