Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Growing Season

INTRODUCING THE 2014 Reversing Falls Sanctuary FARM/ARTS EXCHANGE: 

Viewing our local farm/art communities as vibrant and central to the sense of place that Reversing Falls Sanctuary fosters.

A unique farm inspired art project by 14 area artists, writers and children paired with local farms. The ultimate goal is an investigation of a concept : how humans' connection to the land is central to the restoration of the health of the earth and for our own survival. We would plan to observe those who plant, grow and harvest within our LOCAL communities and who seem to understand the language of reciprocity between humans and the natural world, mining the stories of the farms to inform our work, believing that a close study of place will reveal broader truths that go beyond that place. 

We ask the questions, How can the local foods movement transform relationships between people, food and farms. What is our part in this process? Artists can use their voices with farmers to effect social change. What might that look like?

The premise: artists and farmers will be asked to get to know one another during the 2014 growing season culminating in an art exhibit & readings at Reversing Falls Sanctuary. We are hopeful that a series of talks by farmers/artists will emerge as well as continuing community conversation around the subjects raised

Tony Farrera, Brooksville, Maine, & farmer Lalena Dolby of Zenger Farm, Portland, Oregon discuss the local green house project. Artist Patricia Wheeler, Deer Isle, Maine, worked with Ms. Dolby developing this program.

Farmer, Paul Birdsall of Horse Power Farm will participate in the program

Carol Gregor with her husband Dick Gregor operate the Tapley Wasson Farm, writer Gary Vencill will work with them on the project
Artist Siri Beckman,  Deer Isle, Maine, will work with the Deer Isle hostel

Carolyn Coe, Blue Hill, Maine, will do recorded interviews

Artist/Farmer, Missy Greene of Yellow Birch Farm, Deer Isle, making cheese during a visit with Pat Wheeler & lalena Dolby when the program was being developed
lalena Dolby speaks with  one of the Taylor Farmers about goats cheese etc.

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