“Turns out the parks are better stocked than the aisles of Trader Joe’s. Chaves’s favorite park bounty includes stinging nettles (he cooks these iron-rich leaves up like spinach), dandelion greens, mulberries, morel and maitake mushrooms (he once found 30 pounds of maitakes around a tree in Prospect Park), crabapples (he substitutes them for pectin when making jam), and hickory and hazelnuts.” – A Prospect Park forager eats better than most New Yorkers, Well And Good NYC April 7, 2010
Zaac Chaves will be speaking about about foraging this weekend at the Brooklyn Food Conference in NY. The description to his workshop specifically mentions that he will focus on evasive and disruptive plants in order to show how humans (not chemicals) can aid in the balance of the earth’s ecology. Speaking of nettles, I had my first nettle soup a couple of weeks ago prepared by a good friend.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Brooklyn Food Conference*
Brooklyn Tech High School
29 Fort Greene Place Brooklyn
New York 11217
Foraging for Empathy (Room 5E4)
w/ Zaac Chavis
Sunday May 13th,
A second day of programming is being organized by the NYCGA/Occupy Wall Street Animal Issues Working Group , a schedule of the sunday programming can be found on their website: http://animalissues.nycga.net/brooklyn-food-conference-proposed-workshops/
NYCGA Animal Issue Working group page:
Geographies of Anarchy, panelist:Stephanie Wakefield, Steven Duncombe, Alberto Toscano
I keep thinking back on the summer leading up to Occupy Wall Street events. First, A Line In Nature, the foraging reading group that was meeting up to discuss, lastly, rituals in nature, with the idea that we would possibly do some camping in urban parks not necessarily as a direct way of confront capitalism in the manner in which OWS has attempted, but to rediscover life in an urban environment, maybe as an alternative to the architecture of capitalism. It would be an action to call upon a history that has been forgotten, or a future that is begging to become a reality.
Secondly, I keep thinking back to “The Anarchist Turn“, a forum held at the New School that spring. More specifically I kept thinking about one particular panel called “The Geographies of Anarchy”. On this panel, moderated by Chiara Bottici was the views of Stephanie Wakefield, Steven Duncombe, Alberto Toscano. I have notes that I can dig up later, but for now I found the video archive for that forum online at the website for Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies. I was mostly interested in the attempt to define the space of Anarchy in relation to the occupation; how does it exist symbolically/politically, or otherwise? How does this affect or is affected by the literal anarchistic gesture in physical space, in terms of the space of direct action, and other physical forms in which it may exist? and finally how does the space of anarchy exist within ourselves, in our own imagination and interpretations, and dreams?
In any case there are other videos from The Anarchist Turn if “Geographies of Anarchy” is not your thing.