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A Little More Art & Farming

by James on January 19th, 2011

For those of you who downloaded and read the series of essays put together by artist Georgina Barney on Art & Farming in the last post, here’s an interesting short article about Georgina’s practice as an artist in the Farmer’s Guardian, which might be of interest – ‘Farming as an Artform…’

And a link to Georgina’s own website – GB Farming

I also thought I’d add some links on Urban Farming and Micro-Farming, as there seem to be more and more urban farming and gardening initiatives springing up these days that sit between art and agriculture/horticulture, aiming to provide green space, food, and a creative therapeutic experience, to the communities that create and visit them.

Sharecropper – New York, US

a series of public art / micro farming installations by artist Leah Gauthier

Leah uses organic growing methods to plant rare and endangered heirloom vegetables and herbs, and cultivate wild edibles on donated land or growing spaces. Harvests are shared with space donors and local soup kitchens. Public programming around each installation includes panel discussions, art happenings, and cooking performances with local communities.

Avant GardeningLondon, UK

a socially-engaged arts and environment project aimed at engaging all sectors of the community with environment, communication and sustainability issues through art, gardening and community engagement

On the subject of urban farming, I read a really interesting article recently on how farming is returning to Detroit in the empty lots left behind as people move away and the buildings decay, due to the collapse of the automotive industry – Detroit Gets Growing

And I’ve mentioned this on my last blog, but here’s an organisation that combines Art, Gardening, Food and Creative Learning –

East Feast – South East England, UK

East Feast is a team of professional gardeners, artists and teachers that helps schools deliver more effective learning based around working a school allotment through the seasons, culminating in a community feast.

Which sets me thinking about interesting work taking place on and around allotments, but that’s one I think I’ll come back to…

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