-28- flora & farmer photo essay

For last semester’s photojournalism class, I was tasked to complete a photo essay on an event or someone in my community. There were a few ideas floating around in my mind but eventually, I decided to do my essay on Kim Bialkoski. Thankfully she entertained this project and was very accommodating throughout the process.

Kim and I initially met at a Satanic Rights show in 2016, and what stuck with me was her positive attitude, friendliness, and passion for DIY. I found it incredibly cool that she operates her own food preservation company, flora & farmer, and I’ve had the utmost respect for her hard work and dedication to her business and her customers.

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Kimberly Bialkoski, owner and operator of flora & farmer, sits in her living room and browses for apron pattern inspiration online. She intends to make more aprons for when she moves to a bigger kitchen.
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An eclectic collection of colourful earrings hangs from a jewelry frame that Kim made using an old picture frame and some mesh.
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Kim puts pieces of bread out to sample with her spreads and talks to customers about her products at the 4th annual Love Local MB event that took place Saturday, March 18 at Canad Inns Polo Park.
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A sign displays the prices for flora & farmer pickles and spreads at Love Local MB alongside some jars.
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A collection of neatly arranged spreads sits on Kim’s table at Love Local MB.
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Kim’s Food Handler Certificate hangs from the wall of her kitchen in The Occidental Hotel on Main Street.
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Bright spices for the next batch of Indian curried summer squash heat up in a large pan on the stove in Kim’s kitchen.
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In the middle of production, Kim gets a call back from a man looking to rent out kitchen space in his bakery that will be opening up on Portage Avenue in the summer.
Glass jars sit in a bleach bath before going into the oven to be heat dried.
Glass jars bath in a water and bleach mixture before going into the oven to be heat dried.
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Ginger, garlic, dried peppers, spices, and cilantro sit on the counter, ready to be put into the jars.
One dried pepper goes inside each jar.
Kim places a single dried pepper into each jar.
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With the help of a funnel, Kim pours freshly made brine into each of the jars filled with summer squash, onion, red peppers, and spices.
The jars of Indian curried summer squash are full and ready to be sealed.
The jars of Indian curried summer squash are full and ready to be sealed.
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Kim snaps a photo of me to share on her flora & farmer Instagram account.

Check out flora & farmer online: http://floraandfarmer.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flora_and_farmer/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floraandfarmer/?fref=ts

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