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Bonnie Sherk, CROSSROADS COMMUNITY (the farm), 1974-78, San Francisco, CA

Soul Food Pavilion (2012) was presented by Chicago artist Theaster Gates to create an opportunity to convert a space for Sunday dinners to provide a forum where soul food could be consumed while its complex flavors and histories are discussed, questioned and celebrated. Guests from all backgrounds and places were invited to the communal dinner table where they openly discuss issues of race and inequality while sharing food, memories and performances. More information on the project here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=king4z1kTKI In 1970, San Francisco artist Bonnie Sherk performed her Portable Parks Series l – lll with partner Howard Levine transforming three barren, sterile, urban “dead spaces” into green, living environments replete with sod, palm trees, and live animals. Later in 1982 artist Agnes Denes grew a two-acre field of wheat titled Wheat Field - A Confrontation on a former landfill, now the site of Battery Park City and the World Financial Center in New York City. Her intention was to perform for the financial district a growing concern of misplaced priorities in an attempt to end world hunger by putting human value in perspective. Other more recent projects similar to Bonnie Sherk, Agnes Denes, and more recently Tattfoo Tan’s SOS projects, include:

Victory Gardens (2007) was developed by artist Amy Franceschini and her Future Farmers collaborative who joined with the City of San Francisco’s Department for the Environment by offering

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tools, training and materials for urban dwellers to encourage a city-wide transformation of underutilized backyards - turning them into productive food growing spaces. The project drew from the historical model of the American Victory Gardens that were encouraged by the Federal Government to subsidize farmers who were off fighting for our country during WWI and WWII. More information on the project here: http://www.futurefarmers. com/victorygardens/

Edible Estates is an ongoing initiative founded by Los Angeles artist Fritz Haeg to replace domestic front lawns with kitchen gardens, allowing families to grow their own food. The project was initiated on Independence Day 2005 in Salina, Kansas, the geographic center of the United States. Since then the artist has created sixteen gardens around the world. More about his project there: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/ initiatives/edibleestates/about.html

Fallen Fruit is an art collaboration originally conceived in 2004 by artists David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young that began by mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. Fallen Fruit uses fruit as a common denominator to change the way you see understand public resources. More information on the project here: http://fallenfruit.org

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