a banana is not an easy thing

a banana is not an easy thing

This is a banana-skin art project by Shelley Sacks- a “social sculpture” that took banana grower numbers and traced some of the individual farmers in St. Lucia who grew them. The exhibition featured large sheets of cured, sewn banana skin, but the whole project took place in a much larger context, addressing consumer responsibility and the impact of multinational agribusiness, as well as some more immediate issues for the growers. This is fascinating stuff.

The Welburn Gourd Farm

The Welburn Gourd Farm

holy shit, these people grow over 300,000 gourds a year. That’s some operation - one I’d love to see. I apparently just stumbled on gourd-central. Next time I’m driving through S. California I’ll try and drop by. There’s some great photos and stuff going on here though.