Inter-veg-ton – An Intervention with Vegetables

One of the assignments for the photo class was to do an intervention – to interrupt the lives of people around you in a good and/or educational way.

When I’m not in class, I’m usually at the library, and, much like any other student, I find it terrifyingly easy to eat a lot of junk food when I study, because it’s so cheap and tasty.

Keeping in line with my work with the John Givens farm, I decided to hand out carrots to students hard at work studying for midterms and have my friend document it.


A carrot assembled with a note telling recipients about the benefits of eating carrots.


This girl was really excited about her snack.


Guy on the right: “Wait, is this real?”


The carrots were free but if I had paid for them, the look on the face of the girl on the left when she realized she was holding a free carrot would have been worth every penny.


The John Givens Farm – where I’ve been shooting for the past few weeks – is the focus of my project of the story behind a CSA box. Below are a few photos that I’ve already taken of people doing anything from washing vegetables to put in the boxes, to assembling the boxes, to picking them up. 


IMG_0109Eric, on the left, and his father Jesus, on the right, wash carrots that will later be put into CSA boxes. 


IMG_0087Carolyn Givens, daughter-in-law of John Givens, and her assistant Katie assemble about 100 boxes every Wednesday morning that are then picked up by subscribers or delivered for a small fee. 



The two children of one subscriber wait for their Mom on the loading dock, where vegetables are packaged for other deliveries.

I’m in a social justice photo journalism class this quarter, and part of the requirement is to keep and update a blog, so this blog is going to be changing directions a little bit. Our first assignment was to take a picture of “justice.”


Students for Justice in Palestine erected this wall in the arbor at UCSB today. At least 20 boards make up the wall, and each section explains a different injustice occurring in Palestine as a consequence of U.S. foreign policy.