Faces of Farming

How would you describe someone who works in agriculture?

If your first thought is of the stereotype that we see in popular culture, the reality may just surprise you.  The men and women who chose to dedicate their lives to providing food, fuel and fiber for families around the world vary in age, gender and race just like other industries.

To create images for the upcoming exhibit, “AgriCulture: Innovating for Our Survival,” the Discovery Park team has been attending agriculture-related shows and events around the country with our AgPhoto Booth. We’ve obtained hundreds of photos of individuals who are farmers or who are working in the agriculture sector in a variety of jobs. Here is a gallery of just a few photos from the collection you’ll see in the exhibit when it opens Dec. 5, 2020.

Photo Credit: Luke Johnson

This exhibit made possible by generous support from:

Major Partners

The Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation

Partners
H&R Agri-Power and Case IH; Tennessee Beef Promotion Board; Tennessee Corn Promotion Board; Tennessee Department of AgricultureTennessee Farm Bureau; Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board; USDA Rural Development U.S. Department of Agriculture

Contributors
AgLaunch Initiative; Bayer Fund; The Dairy Alliance; Danny Larcom Heating & Air Obion County Farm Bureau; Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom; Tennessee Pork Producers Association; Tosh Farms; and Will Wade and Pat Wade

Friends
Babylon Micro-Farms; Blue Steel Tool, Inc.; East Tennessee Nursery and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry; FarmSpace Systems, LLC; Roundstone Native Seed; “Silo”Star Pastures Apiary; The University of Tennessee at Martin; USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; WCTE, Upper Cumberland PBS; and Syngenta

Champions of Agriculture
Numerous gifts by farm families and individuals who support this project

C&W Farms | Ginger C. Terry | Polly Brasher | Scott, Michelle, Alex and Liv Williams | Clinton Evans & Family | Chad and Heather Hardy | Flynn Jowers (Farm Bureau Insurance Agent) | Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hazlewood | Tony and Margie Jones | BERG Livestock | Brad and Emalee Buttrey | Rachel C. Buttrey | Grady J. Buttrey | David W. Howell | Platt Farms – Jeanne and Chuck McMillen | Mike and Penny Holman | Alice and Marcus Fennel | Matthew, Colby, Harrison, Carsen, Mattie Jane and Ally Anne Gray | Veronica Steer – Sunbow Jerseys | Yeargin Farms | Carol and Charles Steer | Rita and Larry Buckles | John Watkins | Vicki and Glenn Heatherly | Lelia and John Warner | William Gordon Henshaw | Danny and Jenny Fields | Ervin Feed & Grain | Rance and Keisha Hooper Farms | Sellers Farms | Dominick Lee | Linda & Dave Rizzuto | Heather and Chad Hardy | T-Jack’s – Fredricks Family Apiary | In memory of Edgar Hilliard | Warterfield Grain | In honor of Eul Britt | Pamela and Jack W.  Sloan | Kelly Griggs | Charley and Shannon Deal | Penny Fleming, USDA Retired | Gary and Jennifer Hooks | From Brokenness to Wellness | Todd, Brittany, Ellie and Henry Gregory | Lynn and Kaye Barnes Family | Ben Harrison Farms | Patti and Jim Leeke Family | Carter Century Farms, established in 1879.  Owner:  Barry (Buck) Carter
and family (7th generation) | Jacky and Nell Gullett | H & H Farms of TN | In Loving Memory of Larry Fluty | Black Monocle Disc Golf | Mike Cox | Michelle and Al Creswell | Betty Ann and John Tanner | Lindsay, Alli Kate and Houston Frilling | Jack R. Parker | Tri State International Trucks – Union City | TVA

To partner with Discovery Park on this very important exhibit, email Mary Nita Bondurant at mbondurant@discoveryparkofamerica.com or call 731-676-3556.

The mission of Discovery Park of America, a premier world-class museum and heritage park located in Union City, Tennessee, is to inspire children and adults to see beyond. Included in the complex is a 50-acre heritage park and a 100,000-square-foot museum featuring ten interactive exhibit galleries with additional space for temporary exhibits from around the world. Discovery Park of America is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations including its principal funder, the Robert E. and Jenny D. Kirkland Foundation.