There is an Edible Landscape Exhibition opening in Spark Coworking on Thursday May 4th from 6 - 8pm showcasing a partnership between FRESH New London, Spark, and Connecticut College’s Public Practice Design Studio that resulted in artfully produced and interactive tools to help activate the natural environment in New London, particularly with plants that produce food.
The exhibit features interactive maps of three sites with the potential to be the next community gardens and urban orchards in New London, along with inspirational designs to connect people with health and nature in the urban environment. There will also be augmented reality visualizations, culturally relevant site-based designs, and the tools that facilitated residents of the McDonald Park neighborhood to design their vision for an edible community gathering space in this small city park.
All aspects were created by Connecticut College students and with FRESH staff & youth, and Spark members and neighborhood residents. Public Practice students screen printed with FRESH youth at Spark led by Nike Desis, Spark's Screenprinting Lead, to promote the Edible Landscape program with merchandise that will be sold to raise funds for the initiative.
This is a sharing event! Please bring old cookbooks, saved seeds, and favorite recipes for swapping! Come with stories of your first time discovering the wonder of tending a garden and eating that which you helped to grow for audio recording captured in the spirit of StoryCorps with the help of Spark's AV Club. Bring a friend!
Light food and drink will be provided. The show will stay up through May 15th at the Spark Coworking Space.