Well after 7 months, 37 soil fabric pieces and resulting soil profiles, 204 square knots (with homespun yarn by laura/orange cat community farm), roughly 15 x 23' of fabric, 3 group stitching sessions including support from a hedgehog, 7 yards of wonder under, 4 poems, 18 stories, 49 photos, millions of microbes, a few choice words during the sewing process:-), and countless intentions infused with love later...the Soil Quilt has been unearthed!
Thank you for helping provide a platform for which the soil to have it's say and for your humble and heartfelt collaborations with the humusphere during the International Year of Soil! And if you still want to weigh in on the project, we'd love to hear your thoughts regarding the following questions:
What is a childhood memory you have of 'playing in the dirt'? How did your family respond?
If your soil could talk, what do you think it would tell you?
What would you bury that no longer feeds you?
We hope you had a chance to enjoy the Fermentation Festivities and witness the Soil Quilt on display, experience the beautiful landscapes, artworks, and culture of Sauk County as part of the Fermentation Fest Farm/Art Dtour.
A special thanks to our panelists, David Stevens with Four Elements Herbals, Melissa Keenan with Sauk County Land Conservation Planning/Zoning Department, and Rob McClure with Hilltop Community Farm and to Haley Weisert/Rock Springs Library for sharing your space and Sauk/Columbia County Farmers Union Chapters. So many great collaborations happening above and below ground and all around!
I hope you had a chance to venture out and experience part/all of the Farm/Art Dtour. Just in case, I've enclosed a couple of pictures of the soil quilt exhibit as well as a couple of soil resources for further exploration.
I'm also a big fan of the NRCS Soil Biology website if you want to get a good primer on soil biology.
We will keep you posted in terms of what happens to the quilt after Fermentation Fest. As you may have witnessed along the route, it's pretty big, and judging from your enthusiasm the other day, it looks like I don't get to bury the quilt just yet.
I so appreciate all the beautiful ways you and your soils have expressed yourself. I have been enriched in so many ways!
I so appreciate all the beautiful ways you and your soils have expressed yourself throughout this project and process. I did my best to capture and highlight these stories as part of the Soil Quilt exhibit. I have been enriched in so many ways!