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Feeding Body and Soul: a photographic food trail around Lancaster

The Storey, Roots Cafe, Radish and Cornerstone
Walter Lewis, Nick Dagger and Johnny Bean

Leeds-based photographer Walter Lewis is bringing the ‘Feeding Body and Soul’ exhibition to Lancaster, with contributions from LESS’s The Faces Behind Our Food and local photographers Johnny Bean and Nick Dagger.

From 10 September – 1 October this food-themed photographic exhibition will be on show at the Storey, the Radish, Roots Cafe and Cornerstone — forming a food trail around the city to tie in with Lancaster’s ‘Lost Art of Living’ Health festival.

This Lancaster-adapted exhibition presents the story of small UK producers who are part of a growing number of people around England and Wales who have rejected globalised, factory-scale food production. They have instead chosen to become community growers and farmers, producing food in a way that is kind for the earth, people and future generations.

They grow and produce food with a passion born of environmental activism and which sees them living outside the values of a consumerist society. Their scale is small and local, their output and methods diverse and collaborative, wildlife is encouraged and there is compassion for livestock. The life can be physically and mentally demanding; living both a practical and a spiritual act. Through farming they feed both body and soul.

Remembering the stories of these hidden faces could not be more timely in terms of humanity’s tenuous hold on this earth. Despite their low profile, their produce is available to the rest of us through community work days, direct sales and local markets. Their story needs to be told - it throws down the gauntlet to the rest of us as they present a (sur)real alternative to the supermarket.

In compiling this exhibition, a number of themes are explored in each venue and include: women in farming, prison growing, fishing, community grown food and forest gardening.

A number of events will run alongside the trail to build on the exhibition’s story of an 'Agrarian Renaissance'.

LESS will launch its FarmStart Feasibility report on 10th September (19:00 – 21:00) at The Storey, Lancaster. Next steps for setting up a FarmStart scheme in Lancaster District will be identified, with the long-term aim of supporting new entrants into ecological farming.

Dr Dorian Speakman from the Marginal Lands project will explore how, in the face of a climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather, we can learn from those who grow food in parts of the UK accustomed to severe weather conditions. (20th September, 19:00 – 21:00, Lecture Theatre, The Storey, Lancaster.)

Lancaster's Harvest Market will return to Lancaster’s central market square on 21 September to showcase local food and crafts and celebrate the season’s bounty. A number of activities will run throughout the day (including sauerkraut making), and Beth de Lange will run a Harvest Song workshop from 11-12 in the market square.

On 28 September (18:00 – 22:00, Friends Meeting House) Transition City Lancaster is hosting a Great Harvest Feast. The event aims to bring backyard growers, allotment holders and community food growers together for a pot luck harvest meal. Dinner will be followed by a performance by Three Acres And A Cow who will take us through ‘the history of land rights and protest in folk song and story’. Email to book a space.


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