Call for Art

The Hudson Valley Seed Library is looking for some creatively seedy people.

Their tag line says it all; Heirloom Seeds with Local Roots.  An amazing project to create an accessible and affordable source of locally-adapted seeds and revive the local seed trade. Cool, eh?

Well, these good people sent out a call for artists, because when you order from them not only do you get great seeds, you get a beautiful package too.  Anyways, they are looking for new artwork for the covers of its seed packs. They are specifically looking for artwork that helps reflect the diversity of the heirloom seeds offered in the catalog.

Submission and eligibility info here.

Deeply Rooted

deeply rootedOn yesterday’s Leonard Lopate show on WNYC was a segment about a new book , “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness“.  Promo line for the segment…

A century of industrialization has created a food system riddled with problems, yet we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs for solutions, instead of looking to the people who grow our food. Lisa M. Hamilton profiles three unconventional farmers in her new book . She will also be joined by Teresa Podoll, one of the independent farmers she spoke with in her book.

Check out the podcast here

food in cityAlso, WNYC started a weekly series earlier in the month. Tune into the  Food in the City Series to hear chefs and writers discuss shopping, cooking, and most important –EATING!. Online you can listen to podcasts and watch videos of the guests as they take listeners to kitchens, markets, and restaurants.

Lots of yummy listening. Enjoy!

Give Us Bread: a local play about the Food Riots of 1917

The Anthropologists are putting on a play that sounds right up our alley…

Food prices shot up overnight. Starvation threatened families from Williamsburg, Brooklyn to the Lower East Side to the Bronx. A group of women came together to demand action. Boycotts accelerated into riots.

The year was 1917 and prices for basic food items rose dramatically. Unable and unwilling to pay prices that had nearly doubled, ordinary women banded together to enforce neighborhood boycotts that soon erupted into full-scale riots. Through their courage, similar movements spread across the country. Two weeks later, food prices dropped.

As today’s food prices creep upward, food riots are happening all over the modern world.  Using 1917 as a lens, this play will examine today’s globally-scaled food crisis.

Give Us Bread

An original play paired with innovating programming to explore the intersection between art and action.

The Art: Give Us Bread – an ensemble-devised play inspired by the 1917 food riots of New York City.

The Action: The Food Riot Project – 16 days of innovative programming challenging you to dig deeper.

Whether you are in the mood for a play, a political update, a historical discussion or an old fashioned cookout, the Food Riot Project is fodder for this weekend’s plans.