One Year in the Life of a Kent Fruit Farm
An exhibition by Jo Court LRPS - Creative Creek Upper Gallery, Faversham
An in-depth photographic documentary exhibition covering all aspects of the farm's life throughout the seasons and contains portraits with people's stories and migrant quotes.
Kent is known as the garden of England for its fruit orchards and hops. This project shows the inner workings, landscapes, technologies of a modern fruit farm with its people and their stories. Some are local English workers and some are migrant workers many of which have settled in the UK with permanent contracts, others come for the harvest only. A family business using the latest technology and treating all people with respect and kindness.
The farm has 26 full-time workers, some English and some settled migrants with many having worked on the farm for decades. It also shows the influx of migrant workers during the harvest. It evidences the UK's need for migrant workers to tend and harvest the food we all enjoy and the benefit to them of working in the UK. The farm also is frontline in using new machinery; using 3 row sprayers and semi-automated harvesting platforms, which only a few other UK farms own.
The exhibition is accompanied by the release of a hardback photo documentary book exploring life inside a Kent UK fruit farm throughout the year of 2019 - available from Jo's Etsy page: JoCourtPhotography
Images from the project will be featured in Edition 23 of The Decisive Moment.