Gallery: Sharecropper: NYC’s Micro-Farming Public Art Project

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Urban restoration projects are definitely the new agrarian frontier, as city dwellers rethink the possibilities for crop production in zones formerly deemed barren or simply too gritty. One can no longer be oblivious to the mediocre quality of fruits and vegetables, the costly trucking of fresh produce, or the senseless, landfill-bound packaging involved. It is high time that food production solutions sprout up in one’s own backyard or on windowsills or rooftops that can also patch together a vibrant community. During the summer of 2009, the public art project, Sharecropper, aims to create a united system of agricultural production in the heart of NYC via a fresh interpretation of the landowner tenant agreement. This micro-farming initiative by artist Leah Gauthier might inspire New Yorkers to view wild edibles as agents of change, thanks to the parcel owners who have donated their unorthodox growing spaces for the greening of their real estates.

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  1. googleisdead October 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

    I think Sharecropper nullifies itself. Treating the food movement as a play-thing it tries to please us by “offering a portion of the harvest to local soup kitchen.” What a philanthropist. “Food as sculpture” ? thanks, you Rirkrit knock-off

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