Farming as Making Making as connection
For this project I explored farmers as makers, specifically my partner Cranford and our journey farming together. This book tells a story of queer southern farmers, of making, of work, of success, of failure, of connection, and of growth.
I carved out the book, lined it with plastic, and planted some rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan), one of our favorite flowers.
But what about the food part? As a farmer, does Cranford believe they are “making” vegetables? And to that they answered emphatically “no”, they are not solely responsible. Rather they are making in tandem with nature. “As a farmer I am making an environment for natural processes to thrive and creating the right conditions for nature to create the food”
I used the circuit playground express to give a magical feeling to the book. I coded the fading light to start when you open the book and turn off when it is closed. I also chose colors to represent different elements that are always at the forefront of farming - water, sun, earth, minerals, and air.
I folded paper to make little envelopes for seeds, including kale, stokes aster, zinnias, and rudbeckia. Each envelope has a quote from a queer southerner. I want users to be able to take something physical from the book, and start their own making process.