In inner city Portland, Oregon the community gathered to glean fruit from urban trees and bushes and together make perserve the experience as jam.
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In celebration of community and nature, in September 2011, my collaborator Laurel Kurtz and I, proposed a canning project, where we sought fruit and other edible plants growing in our urban community, established a relationship with our neighbors in order to acquire it, and together as a unified group, preserved it by canning it.
From funds acquired through a local Stock grant, we gathered necessary supplies while some was borrowed, some was bought, and some rented.
At a future Stock Grant event, we shared 10 jars of jam and pickled vegetables. Each jar was a part of a larger painting. Together they composed a complete canvas. Artists and farmers participating in the program as well as neighbors presented the experience through photographs, recipes, and by sharing the ‘fruits’ of their efforts with everyone at Stock.
This project explored community, bringing together once institutionally segregated adults and children of all ages who enjoy sweetness on their tongues, and neighbors isolated by our modern paradigm. It celebrated the abundance of the season, shirked the excesses of our culture gathering fruit that grew in our urban neighborhood, and honored traditional preservation for the colder months, rather than shipping fruit in the winter from thousands of miles away.