M.B. Boissevain began as Marin’s first UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in 1921. UC Berkeley, California’s land-grant university, was sending agricultural agents out to communities up and down the state to spread practical information and new methods about farming. Boissevain served as an agronomist, community leader, and photographer for 30 years. During his tenure, he organized 4-H clubs in rural communities where young people and their families could practice new techniques with hands-on agricultural projects. This produced a new generation of farmers and continued success for Marin agriculture. As part of his role and duties, Mr. Boissevain kept records and artistically rich photographs of nearly thirty years of Marin agricultural history. These are archived at the Jack Mason Museum
, the Tomales Regional History Center
and the Novato Historical Guild
M.B. Boissevain was a talented and prolific large format film photographer. His images capture the heart of the people, farms, ranches, and working landscapes that make up our agricultural history.
UCCE and its partners are preparing his images for a premiere exhibition at the Marin County Fair in July 2012, and a West Marin exhibition at Toby’s Feed Barn
in October 2012.