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AMELIA BRYNE
visual anthropology

When We Knew the Farmers
A project by Amelia Bryne (2010-present)

When We Knew the Farmers is a research project about how a small American town worked as a local economy 100 years ago.

There is a growing interest in developing local economies as a way to strengthen communities and promote sustainable living. Associated concepts like farmer’s markets, composting household waste, reusable storage containers, and using local materials to create local products may seem like new ideas. In fact, these things were common in many towns in the U.S. only a few generations ago. If we want to understand how we can develop sustainable local economies, we can look first to our past.

Images:
1. A glass bottle from a local pharmacy, found at the historical society.
2. One building of a former sewing machine factory.