Faces of Local Food
Celebrating the People Who Feed Us

by Charlotte Caldwell

photography by Charlotte Caldwell

foreword by Bill McKibben

published by Locally Sourced, LLC

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Charlotte Caldwell's newest release, The Faces of Local Food: Celebrating the People Who Feed Us, is a collection of personal vignettes giving readers an intimate perspective into the lives of those people who contribute to a vibrant local food system. We step out of the grocery store to join fishermen, farmers, and ranchers on their boats and in their fields; into the kitchens of innovative chefs; into the warehouse of a local food hub; and we meet with other meaningful contributors and visionaries to hear their stories - their histories, motivations, experiences, challenges, and insights.

    The understanding gained from The Faces of Local Food will foster a paradigm shift in the way we consumers understand and value our local food producers, and will inspire us to buy local - supporting our health and our community simultaneously.

    • Features foreword from author/educator/environmentalist Bill McKibben
    • Features 50 profiles on the Lowcountry's biggest culinary influencers
    • Location serves as model and case study to illustrate methods that can be applied nationwide
    • Features 153 beautiful full-color images from author/photographer Charlotte Caldwell
    • Printed in the United States

232 pages, 9, 152 color photos, index, hardcover

ISBN 10: 1591522005
ISBN 13: 9781591522003






Faces of Local Food
Celebrating the People Who Feed Us

"The Faces of Local Food is full of beauty and deep insights. It will propel every reader to think differently about our farmers and fishermen - and the food they toil to bring us. The book comes at a critical moment for our fragile planet. It's time for all of us to learn more and then do more."
-John Piotti, President, American Farmland Trust

"In the beautifully photographed The Faces of Local Food, Charlotte Caldwell provides a hopeful portrait of the women and men whose daily decisions to grow, market and cook food comprise a movement that is quietly yet substantially forging a new way to organize our lives. What's especially encouraging in this collection is the "everyday life" nature of the work. While each of the profiles alone may sound familiar (from your own farmers market or community), it is the combined heroism - from the mindful consumer, the risk-taking producer, and the stakeholder in the future - that adds up to an unexpectedly resilient movement."
-Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Slow Food USA

"Charlotte Caldwell's book offers us rare insight into the deep knowledge, passion, and integrity of those who produce and distribute local food in America. Their stories are a joy to read and an inspiration. If you are not already convinced that buying locally produced, sustainably grown food is vital, then the portraits and stories offered here - which deeply illustrate the economic, environmental, and community impact you can have with your food dollar - will do the trick."
-John Fisk, Director, Wallace Center at Winrock International

Charlotte Caldwell align= Author and photographer of Visions and Voices: Montana's One-Room Schoolhouses, Kirby's Journal: Backyard Butterfly Magic, The Cow's Boy: The Making of a Real Cowboy, and The Cow's Girl: The Making of a Real Cowgirl, Charlotte Caldwell uses her photography as a springboard for storytelling. In The Faces of Local Food, she combines her photography and writing to connect us to the hardworking and dedicated people producing our food, to reframe our perceptions about our food system, and to inspire us to purchase locally.

A native of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, Charlotte is a graduate of Middlebury College and also holds master's degrees in environmental studies and special education. Charlotte and her husband, Jeffrey Schutz, divide their time between their home in historic Charleston, South Carolina, and their ranch in Montana.

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