Portable arugula farms for kids | A program of With Food in Mind


 Arugula! Arugula!
Saturday, August 4, 12-1:30pm
Greening the City Festival
Weeksville Heritage Society, Brooklyn
With Food in Mind launches this Saturday with Arugula! Arugula!, a drop-in art and food workshop for children. The event takes places at Brooklyn's second annual eco art festival Greening the City

Jenna Spevack will teach children ages 6 and up how to make mini farms from a simple combination of arugula seeds, soil, and recycled containers. The young artists-slash-farmers get to take their portable creations home and watch them grow! What’s a family to do with the greens after they sprout? Alongside Spevack will be community chef Melissa Danielle, demonstrating how to harvest and use arugula in a delicious and healthy dish. Arugula! Arugula! follows the life cycle of plants from soil to stomach.

Organized by The Laundromat Project and hosted by Weeksville Heritage Society (map)
Greening the City provides underserved communities with resources to "go green," while also creating an open forum for artists, farmers, food and environmental activists. With Food in Mind is honored to be part of this important event. Other Greening the City activities include green-related games led by local artists, presentations by Pratt Center for Community Development and Citizens Committee of New York, music by DJ Manchild Black, and Caribbean-style tacos served up by Brooklyn Moon. Greening the City runs from 12-4pm; With Food in Mind's workshop is from 12-1:30pm only. Register HERE for this FREE event.
About the Instructors
Jenna Spevack is a Brooklyn-based artist, ecological designer, educator and activist. Her work has been shown by venues across the globe. Most recently, she grew edible microgreens as part of her Chelsea gallery installation Eight Extraordinary Greens. Spevack has been recognized by major publications, including the New York Times, Daily News, New York Arts and WABC News. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Creative Media at the College of Technology at the City University of New York. Melissa Danielle is a Health Coach, Yoga Instructor, Good Food Guide, and self-proclaimed Know-It-All intersecting food, farming, wellness, and community. A resident of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant, Danielle coordinates the neighborhood food club Bed-Stuy Bounty.

Image credit: © Jenna Spevack. A microfarm inside a small travel case.
About With Food in Mind
With Food in Mind is a nomadic social enterprise that produces projects at the intersection of food, visual culture, and social change. Because food is relevant to every living person, we believe that it is uniquely capable of engaging many different audiences in learning about the arts. We work with a wide range of creative types—including visual and performing artists, architects, musicians, writers, chefs, cooks, farmers, and foragers—to create grade school curricula, adult workshops, exhibitions, publications, and events. Our core program
Artists in the Kitchenbrings artists and food professionals together to teach collaboratively. We help them merge their individual ways of thinking and creating into one dynamic curriculum.

About The Laundromat Project

Understanding that creativity is a central component of healthy human beings, vibrant neighborhoods, and thriving economies, The Laundromat Project organizes art programs in laundromats throughout New York City through its two core programs, Create Change and Works in Progress. By bringing art to where our neighbors already are (everyone has to do their laundry), we aim to raise the quality of life for people of color whose incomes do not guarantee broad access to mainstream arts and cultural facilities.


About Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center is a multifaceted museum that celebrates the history of Weeksville, an African American community established in 1838. Located in Brooklyn, the mission of Weeksville Heritage Center is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African, Caribbean, and African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn, and beyond to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.

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