Monday, July 13, 2015

SeedBroadcasting from the Albuquerque Community Day.

Peanut seeds shared from Farmer Lack Lopez West and Peas and Hominy Farm

How do we sustain diverse and meaningful food traditions in the face of climate change and with all the challenges we face on a daily basis?

This question seemed ripe during the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Community Day celebrating Fathers and local food culture on Sunday June 21. It was Summers Solstice, the longest day of the year, and Father’s Day too. It was also well over 100 degrees and everyone was either wilting in the radiant glory of the heat or scurrying towards interior spaces of artificial cool to relax and go gaga over the high heels exhibit at the museum before scurrying off to yet another cool sexy space.

MSSBS out in front of the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

The day was hot and so was the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station and all the seeds that we share with folks. So seeds, people, and all had to bolster some resilience to be out celebrating the seeds, the farmers, the food, and the fathers that nourish us with their strength and care.

The event also included local chefs preparing gourmet items on site and the Vecinos Artists Collective engaging people in their project, IF I WERE A SEED… where they ask folks to visualize being a seed and growing the change they want to be through making an individualized seed mural. They were also collecting recipes on site and typing them out on an old typewriter.

Vecinos Artist Collective, If I were a seed...
Vecinos Artist Collective, If I were a seed... mural by anonymous

Paul Lopéz Jr. who is part of the Vecinos Artist Collective also shared a Seed Story with us. Check it out here:

Drawing corn pictures
Posting peanut pictures
Several kids came by to draw seed stories as they were making a circuit, running through the water fountain to cool off then back around to the Broadcasting Station. They spent time drawing their favorite seeds and also drawing out the process of growing a seed into its traditional food way.

Peanuts and corn became the favorite seeds of the day and someone asked what the difference was between a peanut that is eaten and a seed of a peanut that is planted. They are the same. And this unites us in the remembering that the foods we eat, the daily blessings of the seed is also the seed that renews our local traditions on the land, in our kitchens, and with our families and communities.

The peanuts came from local Albuquerque farmer, Jack Lopez West, from Peas and Hominy Farm, who as a new father, came by with his family to share popcorn, peanuts, and carrot seeds and also record a seed story about his mentor from South Carolina who was the father of many plant children. Jack also offered up wisdom for starting a new local tradition, growing sweet potatoes as a staple food crop to replace energy intensive grains.

You can listen to Jack’s Seed Story here:

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