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Paterson’s Senior Thesis Explores Urban Farming, Communal Activity, Performance (with Photos)

Theater and earth and environmental studies major Katherine Paterson ’18 moves a bin of radishes into a greenhouse she constructed on the Center for the Arts green on April 16. The greenhouse build was part of her senior thesis, which was accompanied by a performance and harvest on Earth Day.

“I am interested in people walking past living vegetable plants on their way to eat food.

By Olivia Drake
Wesleyan University
April 25, 2018

Excerpt:

On Earth Day, April 22, Paterson presented (at)tend, a durational performance of song, poetry, and spoken word, which unfolded over the course of the spring semester. The project involved the collective construction, seeding, and tending of a greenhouse by students and community members, and culminated with a spring harvest.

“The goal of the project was to serve as an experiment in creative place-making—in creating a space that the larger Wesleyan community helps to build and maintain,” she said. “A greenhouse containing living plants brings people together and links them with one another and their environment.”

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1918: City Troop Take a Food Salient

Feverishly mopping his brow under the shade of the young apple tree is Private Banker, or it may be Private Broker, of the Front Porch Farmer’s Brigade. Little A.E.F. Hard work to left of him, more work in front of him, blisters all over him, but he’s not discouraged. In fact he is going about his job as he goes about all the others created by the war – to get it done quickly, thoroughly, and as happily as may be.

The ‘Tired Business Man”, half a million strong, helps lift, after hours, the labour burden of the nation’s harvest

By E. V. Wilcox
Agriculturist in charge of farm labour, USDA
The Nation
Oct 1918

In meeting the call which was sent out last year for planting a larger acreage and producing more food, the city man and the farmer have been brought into close cooperation. The plan proposed by the Department of Agriculture for city men to volunteer their services as farm hands to save the harvest was accepted with enthusiasm by the city man and with scepticism by the farmer.

And, while the exact number will never be known, it has been estimated that probably 500,000 volunteers, men, women and children, answered the call. In Kansas City alone the volunteers numbered 10,000. In North Dakota, the enlistment was so complete that whole towns were deserted, even government post offices shutting their doors and barring their windows as on holidays and Sundays.

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Organic Gardening Techniques: Expert Advice on Planting, Growing, and Caring for Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs

Nick Hamilton is the owner of Barnsdale Gardens, Britain’s largest collection of individually designed gardens with 39 working gardens on an eight-acre site.

By Nick Hamilton
CompanionHouse Books
2 edition (June 18, 2018)

He carries on the legacy of his father, the late Geoff Hamilton, legendary host of the BBC’s Gardener’s World TV show. Nick is the author of The Barnsdale Handy Gardener and Geoff Hamilton – A Gardening Legend. He has a lifelong passion and enthusiasm for organic gardening, principles which he puts into effect at Barnsdale Gardens.

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