The recent Prairie Festival (hosted annually by Kansas-based The Land Institute) drew more than 1,200 delegates. According to a New York Times journalist, it has become “a Mecca for those whose passions run to sustainability, farming and feeding the world.” Sustainable food, living, development, business, and ecology are more popular than ever before. But do you know how many food miles your breakfast traveled to arrive on your plate or bowl this morning? Or what if I asked you to describe the difference between pasture-raised and cage-free chickens? And hey, how about “eating down the food chain?”
Every day, we are bombarded with concepts and ideas about sustainable food, but do we really know what they mean? And how do we develop an understanding of them? It is precisely these questions that prompted creative husband and wife duo, Douglas Geyton and Laura Howard-Geyton to explore these terms and ideas through photography and text.
Their multi-platform project is based on a simple premise: people can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability. So they’ve set out to do just that. Many conversations later, with foremost practitioners in their fields, they have created The Lexicon of Sustainability. Their body work of work consists of a set of twenty four mind-blowing image composites (poster-size), overlaid with succinct text in an effort to demystify many sustainable food terms.
There are also a set of short videos to extend the Lexicon posters, like this one about food miles.
Their goal is to further the conversation about eating sustainably. They also hope that as many people as possible will see their posters and engage with the terms, through hosting pop-up art shows across the country. We’ve seen these gorgeous images & are dying to share their stories with you. Which is why we have signed up to be a partner in bringing The Lexicon of Sustainability to Richmond! The first opportunity to see the images will be at the Byrd House Farmers Market Farm Dinner on Food Day, October 24th 2013.
This set of posters will have a permanent home in the Grace Arents library (based at the William Byrd Community House). We are working with a few partners to make the set available to schools, farmers markets, religious institutions, community groups, and festivals–all in an effort to help explore sustainability for the city of Richmond. More information will be available soon on our website, the William Byrd Community House website, and the Richmond Slow Food Chapter website.
Tomorrow and next Tuesday on our market tables you will find: arugula, basil, Chinese eggplant, bell eggplant, red bok choy, cilantro, eggs, lettuce heads, Big red, Rome & Matzu apples (at St. Stephen’s and the Byrd House market), French breakfast radishes, curly kale, mixed Asian/mustard greens, Carmen peppers, jalapeño peppers, Poblano peppers, sweet potatoes, salad mix, red & white potatoes, Swiss chard, spinach, and Hakurei salad turnips. Some items are limited – please come early to avoid disappointment.
Please note: there is a strong chance of rain in tomorrow’s forecast. We will be at the markets from 8am onwards and will stay as long as possible, until the rain is too heavy or our tents become too wet.
Be well, eat healthy, and be kind to others.