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Capturing Coffee Farm Life


Tara Cronin is both a photographer and a coffee farmer, and she understands the hard work that goes into both.

“I’ll tell you the truth, the harvest is both energizing and exciting, but we all kind of want to cry as well,” Cronin said with a laugh. “Because you have to keep up with the crop.”

Along with harvesting coffee on Kona’s mountainside, Cronin has been working on a portrait project featuring coffee farmers and WWOOFers — temporary, volunteer farmers — in the area, with each portrait hand-dyed with coffee from each individual’s farm. Cronin hand-dyed the portraits in a bathtub at her home, and alongside each photograph is a few paragraphs telling the farmers’ stories.

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