art and agriCULTURE

You must visit this blog to see agricultural art, with a nice emphasis on the cultural: Char Truz: Creative Works I’m jazzed by this whole process.

I am becoming more and more interested in the aspects of agroliteracy/agricultural intelligences that emphasize the “cultural.”  This blog illustrates some of the areas I would like to pursue in my own “learning ecologies.” Regionally (and interestingly, this blogger is in Kansas while I am in southern California), people seem to be very interested in re-skilling that includes not only how to grow food in a semi-arid region, but also includes a variety of practical and expressive skills.  Along with wanting to know how to grow a family garden, how to grow and use herbs, how to harvest wild regional foods (yes, there are some in the Mojave Desert!), how to raise chickens and goats, how to compost, how to raise bees for local honey — people I have talked to want to learn skills like carpentry and other construction skills, breadmaking, canning or “putting up” as my aunts used to say, bicycle and auto repair, cooking and various ARTS!  Some people turn to youtube to learn some of these skills, or visit various great websites with detailed descriptions, but there is nothing like learning in community that is face-to-face.

I am also interested in seeing how to incorporate workshops on skills like these learning ecologies on my micro-farm.  In addition, I am thinking about including workshops on the almost-lost art of story-telling (more on that later), music (maybe even construction of musical instruments, eventually), dance, visual arts, fabric arts, all kinds of arts!

My vision for the southern Mojave is an interconnected mosaic of regional household gardens, human-scale farms and ranches that desire to work together for the basic human right to healthy food while advancing social, agricultural, and environmental justice.  This can all be done anywhere with some community organizing, a movement toward place-based thinking, and a relational outlook toward the community of all beings.

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About rainshadowfarm

I teach anthropology, am an archaeologist, a drylands agroecologist, community educator, and a single mother of eight grown kids. I currently own and operate an educational and research farm in the southern Mojave Desert, Rainshadow Farm. I'm 100% West Virginia hillbilly. Not necessarily in that order.
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