New York, NY – UNSOLD DINNER is a community meal and temporary workshop to be held at the Union Square Pavilion from 6 – 8 PM on September 3rd, 2011. Farmers will contribute good produce that doesn't sell that day at the Union Square farmer's market, from which everyone will cook a meal using human-powered, community-scale equipment. Members of the public may offer items and services in exchange for the organizing and material contributions of farmers, artists, and craftspeople.
Community leaders who come to the event will connect to resources by adding their HAVES and NEEDS for a project to a wall banner, finding their ‘possibility posse’ to get started. Projects might include the creation of a community garden, a public performance or installation…
Meanwhile, people will get working: producing decorative crafts for future agrarian celebrations, canning tomatoes, cutting and frying French fries in lard, grinding corn for tortillas, sewing a tent of reclaimed fabric with a bicycle-powered machine, braiding garlands from fabric scraps, pressing cider, and bartering. A child-friendly video tent/ covered wagon will feature an archival agrarian film reel.
is being organized and facilitated principally by OurGoods and The Greenhorns, two emergent networks comprised of diverse stakeholders: farmers, artists, activists, craftspeople and makers of all kinds.
OurGoods is an online barter network for creative people, connecting artists, designers, and craftspeople to trade skills, spaces, and objects. The Greenhorns is a Hudson Valley-based, national non-profit organization of young farmers connecting this emerging community with information, land, and each other by means of film, radio, blog, original resources and live events. Together we form resilient, community-driven cultural institutions for the 21st century, organizing peer-to-peer events for pooling resources, sharing ideas, building sustainable enterprises and eating together.
This event will turn the pavilion into a meeting-house and a marketplace where acts of bartering meet with acts of scheming and celebration. It is free and for everyone. No money will change hands. It is instead about the sharing of effort, sweat, expertise, and extra-time.
Beginning in September 2011, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will convert the majority of the 80-year-old Pavilion in Union Square Park into a restaurant. The privatization of this public space has been highly controversial among neighborhood residents.
Friends and sponsors of, and collaborators in, UNSOLD DINNER include OurGoods, The Greenhorns, Greenmarket and GrowNYC, many regional farms and farmers growing the produce in New York’s foodshed, and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.