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public engagement with quick easy tips that help shift our habits to better benefit local food producers + consumers!

The video says a lot, but here's a bit more:

TIPSTART is an innovative concept that uses art to develop and disseminate easy steps for transitioning everyday habits to better support local food producers and consumers. This summer, I am collaborating with several different artists to prototype a few engagement events at the Mill City Farmer's Market and give away custom tips via artistic products. This framework will be shared with farmer's markets across the nation to launch public engagement projects around many different local food topics.

Each project is different, and as simple as possible in its framing to allow for maximum diversity in the types of responses offered. As an example, integrating local seasonal food into menu planning a family of four is much different than transitioning a college student's diet. Artists will craft products ranging from recipe cards, to conversation points on agricultural subsidies, to edible table arrangements. 

Interested in learning more about how the arts can make a significant difference? Read what Antanas Mockus did with pantomimes while mayor of Bogota.

Interested in learning more about my ecological arts collaborative? Visit www.designerundis.com and learn more about what I've been doing these past few years.

Many thanks to the Mill City Farmers Market for helping me develop + select ideas for this season, the fantastic folks that helped me with this video, and to Sarah Schultz for suggesting that I do a residency at the farmers market where I was a fishmonger!

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  • Pin Board Policy is the first project, set to run on 7/7 at Mill City Farmers Market from 8am-1pm. We'll engaging the public on policy issues of importance to the farmers, especially disaster relief to address the effects of this extreme storms we've been having! The trick will be to test how we can deliver information in a fun fashion, in fifteen seconds or less.

    We'll have an interactive topic board that links topics that YOU'RE interested in [local jobs, accessibility, cost] to policy actions that impact farmers.

    We'll have other formats too!

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    Your name will be part of the "thanking these people" display during all the projects this season. I will also email you a pocket trumpet fanfare.

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    The $10 level reward AND a small packet of recipe cards, accommodating any dietary restrictions or experimental requests you may have [flash-frying is a favorite method of preparation].

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    The $10 level reward AND I will come prepare a swo-style food event for 2-4 people in the TC metro region from local ingredients, and fiddle a little bit, too! [definition of swo-style also included in reward]

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    The $10 level reward, AND I will prepare a swo-style food event for 2-4 folks, somersault while playing keymonica, wear a crazy outfit, eat cake off my head, and use any of my other skills [architectural, organic, conversational, etc] that you may find useful or at least amusing. Available in almost any US location, and the bits of Canada that are between Minnesota + New York.

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