WELCOME TO THE FARMERS' PARLOR
Connecting policymakers to food producers
EXPLORE THE MAP
Click the white button to explore photos and interviews from American farm country through ArcGIS Storymaps. Or, explore the map below without leaving this site.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Farmers' Parlor is a geographic storytelling project documenting the state of America’s farm country. Its primary goal is to put a microphone to the voices of a few farmers across the country at a precarious moment in history, full of political, environmental, and economic change. This is a project of journalism, not research; we interviewed farmers who grew different crops, on different acreage, using different techniques. Our intended audience is the 98% of Americans who haven’t grown up on or around farms, who know very little of where their food comes from before it reaches the grocery store.
The farmers were asked to share their thoughts on key issues like changes in technology, subsidies, land consolidation, environmental regulation, water access, and the global market. We hope that the map, articles, and photos will give readers an opportunity to realize how nuanced modern agriculture is, and spark curiosity about the industry we all need every day, three times a day.
Andrew Dundas is a recent graduate of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in documentary photography and video. You can see some of his work at andrewdundas.com and below you can explore our project Instagram.
(Unless otherwise noted, all Farmers' Parlor photos were taken by Andrew.)
THINK THE PROJECT IS NEAT?
We would love to share these farmer's perspectives with as many curious people as possible. Please reach out using the form below or any of the contact info on this website if you are interested in hosting the map on your platform or publishing any articles related to this work. Thank you!