EPCAMR is an amazing non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the land and economy in Northeast Pennsylvania, near Wilkes-Barre, that was ravaged by the decline of the coal industry. The group is working incredibly hard to clean up the messes left behind, to bring back the area's economic dependence, to re-engage residents, and to earn federal and state support for all of these efforts. I strongly encourage you to spend a few minutes over on their website learning about their cause, and to look for ways you can lend a hand - even the smallest bit helps. Many thanks to Peak Design for connecting me to this project!
I recently traveled to Arcadia Farm in Alexandria, VA, to help them showcase part of their education efforts, as well as to cover a visit by honorary board member and First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe. The images you see here only capture a fraction of the amazing work going on at Arcadia; not only do they provide hands-on food & farm education to children, but they also train veterans for careers in sustainable agriculture, as well as provide fresh vegetables to under-served urban areas via their Mobile Market. The farm is situated on George Washington's historic Woodlawn estate - just spending a few hours there alongside their wonderful + dedicated team was hugely inspiring for me, and I hope to be able to make a trip back with my own boys to volunteer in the Groundhog Garden as a family soon. It's crazy to realize I grew up minutes from here, but didn't discover it long after I'd moved away. I am so grateful for the opportunity to help highlight the incredible, important work going on here, and the idea of using photography to support non-profit causes near and dear to my own heart is beyond fulfilling.
If you happen to be in or near Northern Virginia, please consider donating your time or financial support to keep their efforts going - I promise you won't regret it.
Last month, I had the great pleasure of working on behalf of Dish Works to photograph the lovely Vintner's Table dinner over at Chaddsford Winery, where a local chef prepared a lovely multi-course dinner with wine pairings for an intimate group of lucky diners. The management and staff at Chaddsford couldn't have been a nicer, friendlier bunch, and it was wonderful to see a group of strangers come together over a love of wine and a beautiful shared meal.
Chaddsford hosts these dinners monthly; you can find more details over on their website.