Seed Circus: FORAGE

Presented by the Oakland Standard: Experiments in work and play by the Oakland Museum of California
July 10, 2011, 1:00–5:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Seed Circus is a series of four events: Felt, Forage, Culture, and Seed. Each event includes hands-on demonstrations and talks, and promotes engagement with the natural world within an urban environment. The topics extend from craft to animal husbandry, from food to farming.

All events will be held outdoors at the Oakland Museum of California on a Sunday afternoon. All are welcome, including but not limited to: artists, farmers-to-be, layfolk, locals, foodies, and children.

The Seed Circus is organized with Louella Hill and Severine von Tscharner Fleming of the Greenhorns, a national non-profit organization that recruits and supports young farmers in America. Using radio, blogs, film, and live events, the Greenhorns build agrarian culture by connecting young farmers with information, land, and each other.

Foraging has provided sustenance to communities of all kinds since the earliest days of California, but the practice has captured new interest as an alternative to the industrial food system.

This event begins with a bicycle tour of fruit gleaning spots in Temescal, guided by Forage Oakland. Upon return to the Museum, there will be presentations and discussion with California foragers and a screening of the film The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000). The event includes a take-away guide by artist Kacie Erin Smith, and, quite possibly, tastes of foraged foodstuffs.

Bike Tour
OMCA Oak Plaza & Temescal
1:00 pm

Meet at OMCA for a bike tour guided by Forage Oakland. The route is a total distance of about seven miles, over mostly flat terrain; we'll ride at a moderate pace. Bike-nurse services by East Bay Bike Party, and bike valet by East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC).

OMCA Oak Plaza
3:00 pm

Short presentations by panelists, followed by group discussion.

Eugene Ahn, FORAGE restaurant, LA
Kevin Cook, chef and boar hunter
Kirk Lombard, marine forager
Osha Neumann, lawyer
Iso Rabins, ForageSF
Moderators: Ted Purves & Susanne Cockrell, artists, CCA Faculty

OMCA Gallery of California Art
3:30 pm

Screening of documentary film The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000).

"[Director Agnès Varda] crisscrossed the French countryside…in search of people who scavenge in potato fields, apple orchards, and vineyards, as well as in urban markets and curbside trash depositories. Some are motivated by desperate need, others by disgust at the wastefulness all around them…The Gleaners and I is both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift, and the curious [practice] of scavenging."
–A. O. Scott, New York Times