Aviva Luttrell

Journalism - UMass Amherst

Barefoot All Natural Farm— Athol, Massachusetts.

The flip side of factory farming

In today’s society, there is a disconnection between the meat we buy in the supermarket and its source. We walk down the refrigerated aisle in the grocery store and see ground beef neatly packaged in cellophane wrappers, but the reality is that most of us are so far removed from the process that we have no idea where that meat comes from, or the conditions under which it was produced. 

This project explores that disconnection, as well as alternatives to factory farming by documenting local meat; where it comes from, how it is processed and where it ends up. 

Students and members of the UMass community marched from the Fine Arts Center to the Student Union on April 16, 2014 in support of Derrick Gordon and the LGBTQ community. The rally was in response to the Westboro Baptist Church coming to UMass to picket the University’s support of Gordon after he came out as the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball player last week. 

Five members of the Westboro Baptist Church stood on Massachusetts Avenue holding anti-gay signs and playing music. Police officers prevented anybody from getting close to the protestors, but a group of around 100 gathered across the street, many yelling obscenities. The Westboro Baptist Church left after less than an hour. 

Pat Griffin, professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts, talks about the role of sexuality in sport during a panel discussion in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on April 9, 2014.
Griffin worked as an advisor to the UMass Athletics Department in the week preceding Derrick Gordon’s announcement that he was coming out as the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball player. Wade Davis (right) is the executive director of the “You Can Play” project, and was a mentor to Gordon during the coming-out process. 
Kate Fagan of ESPNW.com, who was one of two writers to break the story of Gordon’s announcement, was also a panelist in the discussion. It was moderated by Dr. Nefertiti Walker, a professor in the Department of Sport Management. 
The talk was the fourth edition of the Sports Talk Panel Series, put on by the Association of Diversity in Sport at UMass. 

Pat Griffin, professor emerita at the University of Massachusetts, talks about the role of sexuality in sport during a panel discussion in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall on April 9, 2014.

Griffin worked as an advisor to the UMass Athletics Department in the week preceding Derrick Gordon’s announcement that he was coming out as the first openly gay Division 1 men’s basketball player. Wade Davis (right) is the executive director of the “You Can Play” project, and was a mentor to Gordon during the coming-out process. 

Kate Fagan of ESPNW.com, who was one of two writers to break the story of Gordon’s announcement, was also a panelist in the discussion. It was moderated by Dr. Nefertiti Walker, a professor in the Department of Sport Management. 

The talk was the fourth edition of the Sports Talk Panel Series, put on by the Association of Diversity in Sport at UMass. 

The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore set on the banks of the Sawmill River in Montague, Mass. The 1842 gristmill houses over 1,000 books on everything from sports to psychology to current affairs and local history. 

The Bookmill website states, “Don’t look for our catalogue on line; we’re not that bookstore. But if we can’t find the book you’re looking for, we’ll find you a better one you didn’t know you wanted.”

The mill is also home to several other retailers, including an art gallery, a music and movie store, a cafe and a restaurant and bar. 

Customers at Local, a family owned and operated restaurant in Northampton, Mass., order lunch on March 30, 2014. Local specializes in burgers, fries and more made from locally produced products. 

Friends and family of Meghan Beebe, a UMass student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last December, gather for a candlelight vigil on March 7, 2014. 

Friends and family of Meghan Beebe, a UMass student who was killed in a hit-and-run accident last December, gather for a candlelight vigil on March 7, 2014. 

Amherst College sophomore Connor Green blocks a shot by Trinity College junior Alex Conaway during the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals at Amherst College’s LeFrak Gymnasium on March 1, 2014. Amherst beat Trinity 80-62. 

Amherst College sophomore Connor Green blocks a shot by Trinity College junior Alex Conaway during the NESCAC Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals at Amherst College’s LeFrak Gymnasium on March 1, 2014. Amherst beat Trinity 80-62. 

UMass Amherst senior Madeleine Brown, who describes herself as an “amateur skier,” hits a jump on Orchard Hill on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.

UMass Amherst senior Madeleine Brown, who describes herself as an “amateur skier,” hits a jump on Orchard Hill on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.