'WE ARE THE FARM'
A Collection of Individuals looking to make a difference
'We Are The Farm' is a blog dedicated to informing you on the growth of our Farm and it's community, sharing Life Skills, arts and crafts, events, and calling attention to our Community Artists and resources!
So many things have been happening around The Farm I hardly know where to
begin. First and foremost, we are starting work on large new space. The “Big Barn”, as it is affectionately known, is intended as a space that can be used larger gatherings, exercise, community events and numerous other activities.
This is our biggest long-term project and we will be posting more on that as we move closer to Spring!
More changes are in progress in the interior of the Farm as well. Currently, the main floor bathroom is being renovated—and yes, more pictures will follow. Thanks to
the awesome Erik for all the hard work he is putting in on the upgrade
Speaking of handy people... Access Camps are the newest volunteer opportunity.
The Access Camps are intended to give the kids a springboard to skills they may
never have known about otherwise. If you have a skill or hobby that you would like
to share with the young people at the Farm, please reach out to us with your ideas
New faces are joining The Farm as well and not all of them are human. “Shadow”
the cat is the latest four-footer to join the cast and crew! The kids even made him
some new bling!
Over the next few months, we will be introducing you to more and more from the
Farm. From new people and programs to new equipment and spaces, there’s always
something happening at The Production Farm.
Featured Community Artist: Chris Rugowski with Chicken or The Egg Photography
Hey folks! Welcome to this month's Artist Spotlight, where we take time to showcase the talented artists within our communities. The Production Farm presents Chris Rugowski of Chicken or The Egg Photography and Age of Fable. Chris (Green Bay Wisconsin) is a multi-faceted photographer, musician, world wanderer, philanthropist and freelance entrepreneur. You can see his photography on Facebook or on his Website, in addition he generously donated the images that adorn our own website. His artistically distinct style is reminiscent of the images that I would tear out of National Geographic when I was a kid.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with him (virtually) and asking him about how he got started and what he hoped others would learn when learning about photography.
"Life is one second at a time, one frame at a time. You often only get one chance, despite the appearance of multiple chances. You only get one chance to get the shot you really want, but you have so many chances to make mistakes. When I was in India, I was riding in a bus a lot, and I had 1 second to get any given shot or poof it was gone. When you’re out watching birds you get one click and they’re off — and fast. When you do concerts, look at the lighting, the environment. In any case, immerse yourself in the environment because that’s how you will capture things like the frog before it hops away".
If you want to learn, then give yourself a time period where you are allowed to make more mistakes. Give yourself space to grow and learn, don’t be mad when it doesn’t work out. No one, not even the pros get the shots they want. There is an old story about how Nat Geo photographers used to bring 10,000 rolls of film with them on any given trek, if you walked away with 1 useable frame out of 24 exposures...you were good.
You can see more of Chris and his photography at Chickenortheeggphotography.com
or on Facebook at @chickenorthephotography
You can also check out his band Age of Fable, a prog-rock group on Facebook @AgeOfFable or AgeOfFable.com
Welcome to 'We are the Farm'. The Production Farm has always been a great idea. Ideas are beautiful and they can change and adapt, but how can we make that idea real and tangible without diminishing what made that idea great to be begin with? How do we help? How do we practice, teach and learn about mental health? How can we help others or ourselves to succeed?
Or maybe we know how to help and we just don't know how to start. Maybe there isn't enough time. Or you say to yourself I don't have enough energy. Or I am scared to reach out and make that step.
We want you to allow yourself to recognize, model, and practice one amazing and often overlooked mental health conundrum. It is not only for those who are ill, diagnosed, or struggling; that if you are struggling, have a diagnosis, or ill that this does not define you, is something that can heal, and cannot be something you can simply will away, or fix; that it exists on a continuum and isn’t fixed and different for every individual; that it starts with recognition and information. It starts with you.
We are the farm is the start of what we hope will help us, as individuals come together to play, connect, and grow. We encourage you to reach out and share. If you want to be featured on our site, share your creativity and passions, share resources, or art (any art form) tutorials, share your recipes or workouts, share community events, share your success stories, share your fail stories...
We are the farm.