While the number of small farms in New York State is decreasing, the number in Madison County is on the rise, thanks in part to a growing Amish population. Many of the community members are younger, first-time farmers who have left larger Amish communities in states like Ohio and Indiana, where farmland is increasingly scarce and costly.
Alexandra Hootnick is a documentary photographer, filmmaker and writer. She recently returned to her roots in upstate New York to work on a Master’s degree in Multimedia, Photography and Design at Syracuse University. Her work has appeared in publications that include National Geographic Traveler Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, the Nation Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, Indian Country Today and the Hechinger Report. Alexandra most recently won the Marty Forscher student award in the 2015 PDN Photo Annual for outstanding achievements in humanistic photography, and the George Plavocos Award from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications for the most significant creative student contribution in the field of radio. She was selected to participate in the 2015 New York Portfolio Review and the XXVI Eddie Adams Workshop.