Wade, the boyfriend of photographer Hillary Berg, sits on an old tractor in Spencer Brook, Minnesota. The couple moved to the rural town two years ago after living in Minneapolis. "Our home was built in 1900 as one of the original farms in the area," Berg said. "The house now sits on a remaining 12 acres, though the surrounding land is still actively farmed."
To connect with her new community, Berg photographed its people. Here, a boy feeds his family's horse outside of Cambridge, Minnesota.
A young girl poses with her doll on a farmstead in Cambridge.
A man burns yard waste in Spencer Brook.
A young girl at her home near Spencer Brook.
"When I first moved to Isanti, I began working at a cafe in Cambridge, Minnesota, where a small group of high school girls were employed," Berg said. "As Wade and I begin to consider what it would be like to raise a family, they provided a compelling perspective of growing up in rural Minnesota."
Wade holds an apple pie from the couple's neighbors, Duane and Dolores. "The small gestures of sharing recipes, exchanging vegetables from the garden, and moments of small talk in the middle of our gravel road have made the vast space between houses feel less empty over the two years we've lived here," Berg said.
Ambassadors take part in the Isanti Rodeo Days parade.
"The communities in Isanti County promote a lot of activities that support agriculture, especially for the youth," Berg said. "Many families spend their evenings and weekends at horse shows and 4-H events."
Two high school friends sit near the Rum River in Cambridge.
A man and his dog pause during a warm evening in Spencer Brook.