Work in progress
Sketches, drawings and collages
Community Gardening and Home Pickling
With Julie Burleigh + Jen Smith
Julie Burleigh is an artist, mini (not micro) farmer and community organizer in Los Angeles. She started Raymond Avenue Community Garden in 2008. Tonight, Julie provided information about her community garden and her vegetable gardening business. She demonstrated potting technique for tomatoes, basil and cayenne peppers. For those not sure if they have a green thumb, Julie offered tips on how to make sure they flourish. She even had her own seedlings and homemade hand salve and lip balm for sale.
Jen Smith is an artist who grew up eating industrial food. When she was a teenager, she endeavored to make a homemade pie, something she could not remember ever having eaten before. A month later, she swept the local county fair with her peach pie! She has been curious about food, how it is grown, the politics of its production and how it is prepared and eaten ever since. For this event, Jen answered questions about pickling, preserving, fermenting and also demonstrated how to make sauerkraut. She is interested in how food might intersect with contemporary art practices and the mundane but important practice of being a person. Many of her pickled and canned goods were sampled by our eager audience, and jars of homemade goods were purchased.