Kathy Coatney has worked as a freelance photojournalist for 20 years, starting in parenting magazines, then fly fishing, and finally specializing in agriculture. Her work can be seen in the California Farm Bureau magazine, Ag Alert, Farm Progress’ Beef Producer magazines, West Coast Nut Guide magazine, and TimberWest magazine. The From the Farm to the Table children’s stories are her latest project.
Farmer Terry is a spud guy. He raises two varieties of potatoes, Russet Norkotah and Red. Farmer Terry planted his first potatoes in high school with his brother, John, and continues to grow them today. Text with photographs of Farmer Terry tells the story of how potatoes are grown.
Farmer Nick and Farmer Charlie are olive guys. They are neighbor farmers who raise two different varieties of olives, Sevillano and Manzanillo. Farmer Nick worked in olive orchards all through high school, and Farmer Charlie started farming after he was an adult. Text with photographs of Farmer Nick and Farmer Charlie tell the story of how olives are grown.
Beekeeper Pat is an insect guy. He started out as a bike guy until he traded a bike for a colony of bees, and he’s been a bee guy ever since. Text with photographs of Beekeeper Pat and his amazing dancing bees tell the story of the important work bees do.
For over 70 years, Farmer John has been a cow guy. Not much surprises him any more, except for the day quadruplet calves were born on his dairy. Text with photographs of Farmer John and his Four Quart Girls tell the story of this special event.