Feeding Farmers was one of the most satisfying components of the Foodways: Madison project. We coordinated more than thirty pairings of area artists with local farmers, with the artists preparing meals for the farmers. The piece began with the simple image of reversing the usual flow of food, and then we realized that this was an opportunity to leverage our art community and our interest in local agriculture, including our decades of shopping at the Dane County Farmers Market. The meals happened in many ways, with artists adapting to the interests and needs of the growers. Some artists visited farms and cooked with farmer’s ingredients, while some others prepared simple and convenient meals that could be eaten at the market or carried home for later. While the project resulted in some beautiful documentation, we’re also very happy with simply on the conceptual and relational levels. Feeding Farmers also deepened our relationship with the farmers we know and led us to a lot of thinking about the similarities and differences among farmers and artists.
At these links, you will find pictures and descriptions associated with the Feeding Farmers project.
This blog post will catch us up on four more meals that were completed during the the Feeding Farmers project, one from November, one from December, and two from January. Continue reading
In September and October of 2016, Spatula&Barcode were artists-in-residence at the Bubbler space in the central branch of the Madison Public Library. Our primary goal here was to engage the general public in discussions about how they understand food systems as personal, social, and global.
To this end, we could be found on site up to twenty hours a week engaged in a number of different kinds of activities: cooking, eating, conversing, playing games, diagramming, reading, looking things up, sorting ingredients and re-arranging the space. Continue reading
On 4 December, Laurie Beth and Michael hosted a brunch for artists and farmers to celebrate the Feeding Farmers project at MMoCA.
The post below documents four meals that were realized by artist/farmer pairings in December. Continue reading
On 23 October, Sarah Khan made a meal of marinated chicken in a yogurt sauce, eggplant with onions and tomato, and garbanzos and purple potatoes in a tamarind sauce, yogurt with mint, and a spicy cilantro chutney all served with brown rice. Present at at the farm were Gretchen Cruse and Richard Shuman of Hickory Hill Farm (Loganville) as well as Sarah Khan, Henry Drewal and Meeta Mastani.
We arrived walked and talked on the land, met chickens, cats, geese, old farm equipment and new, and chatted away, learned of the 4-generation farm history, and the challenges of working an organic farm in the midst of non-organic ones. Gretchen’s parents’ tenacity and commitment to land conservation proved visionary…and Gretchen manages to carry on the tradition on nearly 200 acres.
Henry and Meeta, helped with all aspects of the dinner and presentation, and Gretchen created a beautiful outdoor table, and a roaring fire in a big metal caldron to allow us to sit outside till into the evening, contemplating our work, lives, stars and spirits…
On 28 October, Faisal Abdu’Allah cooked a traditional Jamaican soup for Mike and Jean Martin (and guest Andrew Salyer) at Jones Valley Farm in Spring Green.