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Posted: July 8 2011

FORAGE: #2 in The Seed Circus Series, Oakland Museum of CA
Sunday July 10th, 2011 / 1:00 pm

Foraging has provided sustenance to all kinds of communities of all kinds since the earliest days of California, but the practice has captured new interest as an alternative to the industrial food system.This event begins with a bicycle tour of fruit gleaning spots in Temescal, guided by Forage Oakland and Forage Berkeley. Upon return to the Museum,find presentations and discussion with California foragers and a screening of the film The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000). The event includes a take-away map with art by Kacie Erin Smith, and as well as a taste of freshly caught, wild boar.

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Bike Tour-1:00 pm
Meet at OMCA for a bike tour guided by Forage Oakland. Bike-nurse services by Oakland Bike Party. The route is a total distance of about seven miles over mostly flat terrain; we'll ride at a moderate pace.
Discussion- 3:00 pm
Short presentations by panelists, followed by group discussion on OMCA Oak Plaza
Eugene Ahn, FORAGE restaurant, LA
Kevin Cook, chef and boar hunter
Kirk Lombard, marine forager
Osha Neumann, lawyer
Iso Rabins, ForageSF
Moderators: Ted Purves & Susanne Cockrell, artists
Film- 3:30 pm
Screening of documentary film The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000).
"[Director Agnès Varda] crisscrossed the French countryside…in search of people who scavenge in potato fields, apple orchards, and vineyards, as well as in urban markets and curbside trash depositories. Some are motivated by desperate need, others by disgust at the wastefulness all around them…The Gleaners and I is both a diary and a kind of extended essay on poverty, thrift, and the curious [practice] of scavenging."
A. O. Scott, New York Times

The Greenhorns Seed Circus is an experiential series of events and interpretive agricultural exhibits that are part country fair, part circus, part adult education, part child-sport. It's purpose is to increase our capacity to integrate and celebrate agrarian wisdom and design. Seed Circuses are being planned across the country now.
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