Ramsey Library Exhibits


Farming Big Sandy

Opening Reception: May 5, 2000 6:00-8:00

 




BA
Exhibition

photographs
by
Laura
Gasperson

 

Farming
Big Sandy

Photo: bees (25k)

Mel
Blowers
Gallery
D. Hiden
Ramsey
Library
UNCA

May 1-31
2000


In our present society, it is common to see the rapid urbanization and industrialization of our rural areas. As a native resident of Buncombe County, even I have seen the slow death of rural farms in Western North Carolina. As I look out from my front porch, I see housing developments where there were once pastures and corn fields. The urban sprawl that is overtaking our rural areas is leading to the disappearance of the family farms that were at one time the backbone of the Western North Carolina economy.

Farming Big Sandy is a project that has been on my heart for a number of years. It has been my desire to record the life of a true mountain farming family. This photographic documentation of the Duckett family gives only a glimpse in the dignity, pride, and hard work of their daily lives. The Duckett farm, in the Big Sandy Mush Community of Buncombe County, produces mostly tobacco and cattle. They rely solely on their family and neighbors to provide the manpower that it takes to maintain such an operation, much the way it has been done for over two hundred years in these mountains. This project is important because this way of life is becoming increasingly rare.

Photo: Truck (79k)

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