Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Overflow holes were drilled.
Watering tubes were cut.
The containers were filled with lava rock at the reservoir, then soil, lime and fertilizer..
We ran out of lava rock, so the students and a younger volunteer used gravel from the alley.
Rocks, brick and glass were removed from the soil before tilling.
Amanda had the most experience tilling, so she showed us how.
We added manure and humus to the soil, adding nutrients and aerating the clayeous soil.
We ended up preparing a bed 6 feet wide on the north and east sides of the facility.
Yes, Patrick took a turn at the tiller, too.
We ended the evening with a hot dog roast. The time working side-by-side with the students allowed us to talk about community art and conceptual art projects. As a requirement for their class, each student was then required to propose a project based on their experience with GEEE, but in their individual artistic voices. We wish them luck!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
ha. The North Omaha community has been designated by the City of Omaha to be an Area of Low-Income Concentration and an Area of Minority Concentration. The area contains some of Omaha’s most physically, economically and socially distressed neighborhoods.
In February 2012, the facility opened its first studio spaces for artists representing fiber arts, sculpture and film-making. For more information on the Union for Contemporary Art, please visit their website. http://www.u-ca.org/
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
In conjunction with an artist exchange program organized by the Stockyard Institute in development between the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha), Cream Co. has been invited to introduce Omaha to GEEE!
We proposed to install a post-retail Trading Post for a BIG DIG GIG event and to establish an
Abundance Garden at the Union of Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.
So we loaded up the truck and the wagon with our abundance of plants and some of our tools to hit the road.
Debrah brought in these plants.
We made signs for each of the dozens heirloom tomato varieties we had available for sale or trade.
Of each variety, we had literally hundreds available.
We were careful to evenly represent all the varieties on the roof garden.
We decided to offer plants at special prices to insure the plants would get out into the community.
May 26th and 27th Cream Co. hosted Hyde Park's third annual BIG DIG GIG. It was a garden party celebrating neighbors trading overgrown perenials from their yards, celebrating donations to the art center's Abundance Garden, and celebrating the opening of the second annual rooftop heirloom tomato garden.
Guests browsed the plants and traded gift items.
We helped people choose the healthiest varieties based on their preferences. Then loaded them with tips on how to grow the plants to optimize health and fruit production.
We offered some light refreshments.