It is year 2030. We walk into the „Supermarket Museum”.
The first path leads through a critical reflection on the past millieu of „supermarket culture” – a culture marked by monoculture, convenience, speed and uncompromising, exploitative optimisation. A culture, which has not survived the pressures of climate change. The times of 'cheap comfort’ won’t come back.
The second path of the exhibition „A Garden in your hands” showcases the alternative version of 2020s. A widespread mushrooming of urban permaculture, explosion of micro-gardens. A return to ultra-local and seasonal sources of artisan food, to the ethics of moderation and modern voluntary simplicity. A renewal of study to work with plants and in empathy with other beings inhabiting the Earth, which slowly begins to regenerate…
KNOWLEDGE OF FOOD-GROWING IS A SPECIAL TYPE OF KNOWLEDGE.
How did we get to a place where less than 1% of people know how to grow their food? What does it take to learn food growing?How to integrate it with diversity of modern lives people are living?
What benefits garden work can give and how does it transform people?What are the pathways for learning food-growing? What are the most inspiring educational projects and what groups do they engage? What contexts of learning are the most effective for skill-transfer?
How can community education support informal learning? What areas of skills and competencies does one need to develop to feel confident with the work with the soil, plants, weather etc? What are the types of learning interactions that support the transfer of know-how?
WHO ARE THE EDUCATORS IN THE COLLECTIVE?
Educators in food growing, that are in this collective are both authors and coordinators of the project. This means the educators can bring out and highlight their experience and philosophies, as well as use the project to develop their conceptual framework for training others in food-growing. Our general aim is to distill a vision, an inspiring, direct, coherent voice that will come out of our diverse experiences, which will convey the recognition of food-growing as a critical and unique area of education for our times. The group of educators will be ideally diverse, representing different contexts of teaching food growing (children, adults, urban, country, formal, informal) who contribute in the following ways:
1. share ideas and inspiration of a local teaching/learning project
2. share own ideas about teaching methods and learning pathways
3. develop the artistic/conceptual pathway of the Supermarket Museum / A Garden in Your Hands section
4. participate in-person or online in the International Forum of Permaculture and Agroecology Educators in Warsaw 15-16 May 2021
5. collect artefacts for this web-doc (we will decide together what artefacts/forms, after agreeing conceptual framework)
6. contribute to the construction of coherent narrative for the audio-visual Web-Doc
MEET OUR EDUCATORS & THEIR PROJECTS
WEB-DOC: VISION & THEMES
Food growing pedagogies, Special kind of knowledge, Old knowledge for new times, Intergenerational transmission, Enskillment pathways, Learning as a community enterprise, Everyone is a part-time farmer, etc…
EDUCATORS’ FORUM, WARSAW, MAY 15-16 2021
The collective will gather at the INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF PERMACULTURE AND AGROECOLOGY EDUCATORS in Warsaw, hosted by Warsaw Biennale. It will be an opportunity for furthering the vision, distilling narratives and highlighting the philosophical and value shift that needs to happen in our education in order to democratize the food-growing knowledge in Europe.