Hi there! Anyone have a favorite OPEN-POLLINATED (non-hybrid) Serrano pepper that is at least this large and also very productive? This is for friends involved in a community hot sauce project, and I’m hoping to collaborate in terms of coupling seed production with what they’re already doing.
The Indigenous Farming Conference hosted by White Earth Land Recovery Project in nearby Callaway, MN. Here is Winona LaDuke offering open remarks on the sacredness of Water, and keeping our water pure. Next are a couple photos of the seed swaps, which I was asked to facilitate, starting out with telling the stories of our seeds, offering prayers or songs for the seeds and their keepers, and then sharing the seeds. Homestead Butchery workshop. Three photos of Naw Kay Seng interpreting in English as her Aunt tells stories of their life as Karen people -indigenous farmers in Burma – and their lives as refugees in northern Thailand and Canada. While storytelling, Kay wove on her loom, and later generously gave me a woven bag to bring back to show the Karen people of Philadelphia. I finally got to meet Liz Hoover, who wrote The River in Us – a book that came out of collaborative research into the food system and health impacts of industrial pollution in the water, land, and fish in Mohawk communities downstream. Finally, I unexpectedly joined a band called Too Many Banjos at the talent show where we played my song The Garden, as well as songs led by each one of the other guys, including: a song in Spanish about seeds, a song about holding on in the face of struggle, a song about Standing Rock, and Wagon Wheel. So grateful to have been invited to speak about my work with community-based farms and culturally important seeds. #indigenousfarmingconference @ Maplelag Resort
Can you guess that seed!? I’m in the seed room filling packets to send to my hometown food co-op. I’m feeling grateful for their support, and sending them varieties grown by our friends in the next town over at Tobacco Road Farm, as well as throughout the northeast, including by my hometown friend @milkweedfarmvt who is now in Brattleboro, VT, @blackbirdrise in Palermo, ME, and @soulfirefarm in Grafton, NY. #willimanticfoodcoop #trueloveseeds #seedkeeping (hint this is 1/16th teaspoon)
Yesss! I had dinner last night with Michael Twitty, my partner Chris Bolden-Newsome, and about ten other badass Philly food and culinary justice heroes. This was after Michael Twitty, Dr. Jessica B. Harris, and Valerie Erwin gave a panel presentation on Southern Foodways hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia. I missed the panel but loved the afterparty! If you haven’t yet, check out Twitty’s recently released “The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South”. #thecookinggene #michaeltwitty
Who uses sumac and how and why? I’m helping to add some fun facts to a cooking demo tonight at the Free Library led by Anan Zahr who will be sharing her Palestinian recipes. I’d love to know of uses of North American sumacs. We make zataar with it, as well as sumac-ade (like lemonade). I’ve heard of using it to smoke out honey bees, and to mix in with tobacco for smoking. Do you do any of these things? Other things? Thanks! (p.s. beautiful photo by my sis Sara Taylor of the most gorgeous and brilliant Bilen Berhanu while in our hometown gathering staghorn sumac).
“As for Soul Fire Farm, they’ve just given the country at least one way to resolve a $6.4 trillion debt to Black America.
If Black people had been paid for their agricultural labor, rather than enslaved, today they would have at least that much in the bank. For those unfamiliar with reparations math, that’s the lowest major estimate. It was originally made by Martin Luther King Jr., who calculated that $20 per week since the late 1700s for 4 million slaves would total $800 billion, about $6.4 trillion today.
Along with people-to-people reparations, Leah Penniman says, creating equity in the food system will take social movements, better farm policies, and legislation like H.R. 40, a bill introduced repeatedly by Rep. John Conyers since 1989 to research the impact of slavery and discrimination in order to “recommend appropriate remedies.” She says that the new map complements a larger effort coordinated by the National Black Food & Justice Alliance to promote reparations.”
Song Story 7 of 50: Flip the Record Blues (2004). I got a Fisher Price record player from my coworkers when I worked in the kitchen of the Great American Music Hall. This is the sound it would make at the end of a record. I placed a plastic toy mic on the record player, and then recorded this guitar to it with a four track tape recorder in my bedroom on Hayes Street in San Francisco one night. The end. Full song at xoxowen.bandcamp.com #50songstories (ps this is Owen)
The Apartment is very excited to be launching our first online exhibition, SO GAY! The project can be viewed at www.theapt.ca/sogay/index.html. This web project was constructed by Derya Akay and includes work by Akay, Tariq Alvi, Alan Belcher, Keith Boadwee, Elijah Burger, Rick Castro, Jules Francisco, Noam Gonick, Cliff Hengst, Nelson Hendricks, Scott Hewicker, Jonathan Horowitz, Luis Jacob, Colter Jacobsen, Vishal Jugdeo, Kevin Killian, Brian Kokoska, Bruce LaBruce, Bjarne Melgaard, Donal Mosher, Jeffry Mitchell, Will Munro, Matt Murphy, Paul P., Larry Rinder, Dean Sameshima, Parker Tilghman, Scott Treleaven, and Scott Watson.
In the spirit of reclaiming, SO GAY! takes this slang term and embraces it to celebrate the fabulousness of gay male art production. We have invited a wide range of gay male artists to submit a portfolio of their work to our gayblog, which we are actively networking through LBGT groups around the world. Rather then theorize about the state of gay liberation today we put forward this link to Hillary Clinton speaking intelligently and movingly about this cause.
Scans on Display – Derya Akay
560 Seymour, window vitrine
12/10/11 – 01/01/12
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