Walter Lewis’s Feeding Body and Soul exhibition is coming to Lancaster in September (10 September – 1 October), with contributions from The Faces Behind Our Food and local photographers Johnny Bean and Nick Dagger. See: feeding body & soul A5 leaflet
This food-themed photographic exhibition will be on show at the Storey, the Radish, Roots Cafe and Cornerstone- forming a food trail around the city that ties in with the ‘Lost Art of Living’ Health festival.
This Lancaster-adapted exhibition presents the story of small UK producers who are part of a growing number of people around England and Wales who have rejected globalised, factory-scale food production. They have instead chosen to become community growers and farmers, producing food in a way that is kind for the earth, people and future generations.
They grow and produce food with a passion borne of environmental activism. Their scale is small and local, their output and methods diverse and collaborative, wildlife is encouraged and there is compassion for livestock. The life can be physically and mentally demanding; living both a practical and a spiritual act. Through farming they feed both body and soul.
Remembering the stories of these hidden faces could not be more timely in terms of humanity’s tenuous hold on this earth. Despite their low profile, their produce is available to the rest of us through community work days, direct sales and local markets. Their story needs to be told – it throws down the gauntlet to the rest of us as they present a (sur)real alternative to the supermarket.
In compiling this exhibition, a number of themes are explored in each venue and include: women in farming, prison growing, community grown food and forest gardening.
A number of events will run alongside the trail, building on its story of an ‘Agrarian Renaissance’. LESS will discuss the outcomes of the FarmStart Feasibility work on 10th September (19:00-21:00) at The Storey.
Dr Dorian Speakman from the Marginal Lands project will explore how, in the face of a changing climate, we can learn from those who grow food in parts of the UK accustomed to severe weather conditions? (20th September, 19:00 – 21:00, The Storey)
Lancaster’s Harvest Market on the 21st September (market square), will showcase local food and crafts. A number of activities will also run throughout the day including Sauerkraut making and a Harvest Song workshop from 11-12 with Beth de Lange.
Transition City Lancaster is hosting a Great Harvest Feast on the 28th September (18:00 – 22:00, Friends Meeting House). A pot luck harvest meal will be followed by a performance by Three Acres And A Cow (threeacresandacow.co.uk). Book a space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org