projects

here introduce some of our recent projects

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fieldtable

Who we worked with, what was the challenge, what were the main outcomes.

people exploring the FieldTable

people exploring the FieldTable


book of nature

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Kitchen culture meets agriculture

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Soil Culture at Create

Soil Culture at Create was the UK's leading contribution to UN International Year of Soils 2015 that took place in Bristol during its year as Europe's Green Capital. This summer of exhibitions, Soil Saturdays and food happenings was a time and place to explore and inspire a deeper understanding of the life-giving matter of soil, its nature and its vital role in the future of food, our communities and the health of the planet.

What do we need to learn from soil to live healthier and happier lives? This was the question running through-out the two months. Soil is alive. Soil is made from water, air, plant and mineral materials and teeming with living organisms … like ourselves. A rich diversity of micro-organisms nurture the living substance of soil to help grow the food that nourishes our bodies and supports a balanced environment for other species. Soil is precious and requires respect and care. Healthy soil supports good food, clean water and flourishing biodiversity – these are all everyday gifts of living soils.

This summer celebration of the UN International Year of Soils was a responsive and emergent process that is being carried forward by a diverse community of local, national and international artists, scientists, farmers, gardeners, policy researchers, cooks, teachers, young and old. Each of its of eight Soil Saturdays was dedicated to bringing people together to share experiences, ideas and explore solutions. Together, we cultivated the soil of our communities and through new connections and fresh initiatives co-created practices and policy commitments that safeguard soil as the source of life.

Miche and Flora of Touchstone collaborations brought the matter and spirit of soil into the heart of the European Parliament, presenting the film to a diversity of over a 100 international delegates and advisors among whom UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European Commission, Climate Change Secretariat, Youth Food Movement, ActionAid and other European parliamentary representatives and soil advisors. Alongside the film, they offered a Soil Shrine that amplified the simple but vital message of soil interdependence - that by growing, eating and sharing naturally grown food we are caring for our bodies, the living soil and enlivening resilient communities. Now is the time to ‘become a soil guardian everyday every mouthful’.

 

 

renaturing the city

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here text about field table

people invited to a field to taste food.

 

 

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation of human beings.
— Masanobu Fukuoka

ARTHROPOCENE

Here a link to the on-line Arthropocene article by the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition.

Soil is the source of all life. Soil Culture at create is a timely celebration to remind the world that we are all children of the livingsoil.
— SatishKumar, Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, SchumacherCollege

Soil Saturdays: the art of connecting with soil through food 

was commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP to bring an artistic intervention into the Greens and the European Free Alliance conference, ‘Why Soil Matters? a European perspective’ held in Brussels in November 2015 as part of UN International Year of Soils. Miche and Flora of Touchstone collaborations brought the matter and spirit of soil into the heart of the European Parliament, presenting the film to a diversity of over a 100 international delegates and advisors among whom UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), European Commission, Climate Change Secretariat, Youth Food Movement, ActionAid and other European parliamentary representatives and soil advisors. Alongside the film, they offered a Soil Shrine that amplified the simple but vital message of soil interdependence - that by growing, eating and sharing naturally grown food we are caring for our bodies, the living soil and enlivening resilient communities. Now is the time to ‘become a soil guardian everyday every mouthful’.

 
 

Pulse

Soil Culture at Create

Text about Soil Culture at create