an opportunity to contribute to & share the fruits of an experimental Community-Shared-Articulture project in Brooklyn NYC.
NOTE! We've moved & extended our funding cycle. please click here:
between the street and the river of the great city
grew two trees of life visible from this side & that.
they each bore thirteen manner of crops,
yielding their fruits each & every month.
and their leaves were served as
medicine for the healing of nations.
~ Book of Revelations 22:2 (wu~ming's new era translation)
If you simply stick to the technical viewpoint that organic agriculture is agriculture managed without the use of chemicals, you will fail to notice many paradoxical problems you face today. ~ Teruo Ichiraku
on May 8th for one mooncycle, two arboravita ('trees of life') will sprout out of the cement on the williamsburg waterfront across the water from midtown manhattan as part of the Urban Art Project's Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition:
in June they will be transplanted to a still mysterious location somewhere in north brooklyn where they will plant their roots for the summer season.
crops growing so far: fruits/flowers : strawberry ~ marigold ~ calendula ~ agastache tuttifrutti herbs : mint (spear & cat) ~ greek oregano ~ holy basil ~ curry ~ yarrow ~ german chamomille ~ echinacea purpea ~ chives ~ stevia ~ lambs ear ~ red clover ~ purple sage ~ french lavender veggies : loves-lies-bleeding amaranth ~ onion (several varieties) ~ arugula ~ cactus ~ purslane ~ potato ~ kohlrabi ~ beets ~ brussel sprouts ~ red russian kale ~ beans.
although 90% of the sculptural materials have been salvaged or donated, the necessity of having to compensate for the gap between human deadlines & nature's time schedule has caused our plant costs to expand exponentially, as many of our homegrown seedlings have yet to reach debutante age.
inspired the teikei (Japan) and organopónico (Cuba) agricultural movements,
we have created this urbano-teikei to help cover some of our costs and share the fruits of our labor & love. the synchronic principles of both movements will be remixed with respect & honor to fit our particular cultural paradigm.
we believe it is Just Time to initiate experiments in radically rethinking design on every level of our society in order to rediscover interwoven interdependence, mutual wealth creation & contribution, and a personal purposeful connection with the living beings that sustain & nourish us.
we welcome you to join us on our quixotic quest.
rewards will be distributed monthly around the time of the new moon & limited by the availability of the harvest at that time. crop distribution will be given in the order of when pledges are received. we have limited the rewards to what we believe the trees can reasonably produce in a 4 month growing season & will honor everyone's particular preferences to the best of our bounty, nature willing.
if you are not ready, able or willing to make it to brooklyn at some point over the next 4 months to redeem your reward, please consider including an appropriate additional amount for postage costs. we will promise to take care of the handling with care in return. thanks.
we do not make any claims to be "Organic" as per USDA standards (whatever that means), as we are using a synthetic structure to grow organic materials. however, the story of each crop and detailed recipes of soil, fertilizer & pesticides (all carefully prepared & tested to be considered "Organic") will be fully & freely shared with everyone who participates.
if you happen to be a Corporate Person (profit or non) that is willing to consider shepherding the trees with the NYCDOT, please feel free to contact us & we will gladly share more details.
- (22 days)