About The Growing Divide Project

The Growing Divide is a two-part documentary storytelling project about various actors in the community of Hayfork and their relationships to each other and the marijuana growing industry.

The first part of the project is the acquisition and exhibition of a set of interviews and photographs— from local government, law enforcement, community members, and marijuana farmers. These interviews and photographs will be shown to the communities of Hayfork and other towns in Trinity County as an exhibition. These human stories will offer community members insight into others’ experience and understanding of the marijuana industry and its impacts, the motivations of participants, and an in-depth look at its relationship to government, law, and community.

The second part of the project is the development and publication of this website that will house photographs and interviews, and provide interpretive text offering context for them. This website will act as a vehicle to provide valuable information about various actors influencing the industry, as well as its effects on the environment, community, local government, and law enforcement agencies.




This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.


This project was also supported by the Humboldt Area Foundation. Visit www.hafoundation.org.

Project Staff 

 Piper McDaniel

Project Director, Interviewer, Writer, Photographer

Piper McDaniel works as the Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator at The Watershed Research and Training Center and is a freelance journalist.

Contact: piper@thewatershedcenter.com

The Watershed Research and Training Center


P.O. Box 356, 98 Clinic Ave, Hayfork, CA 96041

Talia Herman


Talia Herman is a freelance photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Northern Californian native, she earned a BA from Eugene Lang College and is a graduate from the International Center of Photography’s Documentary and Photojournalism Program in New York City. Talia’s clients include The New York Times, NPR and The Wall Street Journal.

Contact: herman.talia@gmail.com


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