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Aug 082012
 

Soil GardenPOLSKI TUTAJ

PIXXE—Projects for the Experimental Exploration of the Environment (pol. Experymentalny Projekt Odkrywania Środowiska)—announces the SOIL GARDEN PROJECT, a project to cultivate soil from city waste. It will be conducted by NANCE KLEHM, an ecosystems designer from Chicago, and JODIE BALTAZAR, an artist living in Warsaw.

From Friday August 17 to Monday August 20 we will be collecting and composting organic waste such as food scraps, coffee grounds, cardboard, and yard trimmings as well as holding educational workshops on the topic. The waste will be collected from markets and residents located in the Warsaw neighborhood of Ochota (Rakowiec and Szczęśliwice) and then composted at the Pixxe Garden on Racławica.

We invite you every morning from 9.00-13.00 to collect and process waste. Gloves and tools will be provided, but it is recommended to wear waste-proof foot ware and clothing. In the afternoons from 15.00-17.00, WORKSHOPS on soil and composting, dry toileting, and urban foraging will be conducted by Nance Klehm.

Waste processing and collection is free, but workshops have a recommended donation of 30PLN (more if you have it, less if you don’t, free if you’re broke). All activities and workshops will be conducted in English, but some Polish translation will be available (like for the workshops).

How to get there: The event will take place at the PIXXE GARDEN located at GPS 52.198990, 20.967910. Entrance is on ul. Racławica, 100m east of Grójecka. Take Tram 7, 9,or 15 to Korotynskiego. Walk South to Racławicka. Turn left (East) and walk 100m. Garden entrance is on the right.

How to register for workshops: CLICK HERE or Send an email with your name to pixxe.org@gmail.com with the name of the workshop as the subject.

Schedule of Events

Friday August 17
09.00 – 13.00     Introduction / Waste collection & processing
15.00 – 17.00     Workshop. Let it Rot 101: How to compost organic waste (Conducted by Nance Klehm) Register for this workshop
17.00 – 19.00     Waste collection as necessary

Saturday August 18
09.00 – 13.00     Waste collection & processing
15.00 – 17.00     Workshop. Breaking it Down: Extreme composting for extreme times (Conducted by Nance Klehm)Register for this workshop
17.00 – 19.00     Waste collection as necessary

Sunday August 19
09.00 – 13.00     Waste collection & processing
15.00 – 17.00     Workshop. Waste to Fertility: Dry toileting in an urban setting: the whys and hows (Conducted by Nance Klehm)
Register for this workshop
17.00 – 19.00     Waste collection as necessary

Monday August 20
09.00 – 13.00     Waste collection & processing
15.00 – 17.00     Workshop. Urbanforage (Conducted by Nance Klehm)
Register for this workshop
17.00 – 19.00     Waste collection as necessary

Activities & Workshops

Soil Garden Map

Waste collection & processing
Every morning from 09.00-13.00 we will pick up waste and bring it back to the Pixxe Garden where “processing stations” have been set up to prepare the waste for composting. Everyone is invited to help process the waste! Gloves and tools provided. Bring waste-proof foot ware and clothing! Snack provided. As necessary, waste will also be collected from 17.00-19.00. Free!

Let it Rot 101: Composting organic waste
Leaves, food waste, paper, cardboard, branches, coffee grounds, biodegradable utensils, etc. These are all things that we know can become soil but how to do it? This workshop is the place to get dirty and ask those dirty questions as we discuss and build a mesophilic compost pile out of organic wastes from Warsaw’s waste stream. Friday August 17, 15.00-17.00. Suggested donation: 30 PLN.
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Breaking it Down: Extreme composting for extreme times
We are often told that we must never ever add fats, meats, dairy, and other things to compost piles. But did you know these things CAN be composted? In this workshop we will talk about how to break down just about anything safely into nutritious, life-supporting soil while also discussing why we should. Saturday August 18, 15.00-17.00. Suggested donation: 30 PLN.
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Dry toileting in an urban setting: the whys and hows
Reconnect with your body as a soilmaker! Find out how to build and operate a simple dry toilet appropriate to a dense urban setting. We will also discuss and demonstrate how to safely compost your waste through thermophilic composting into nutritious, life-supporting soil. Sunday August 19, 15.00-17.00. Suggested donation: 30 PLN.
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Urbanforage
This is a guided walk through
the spontaneous and cultivated vegetation of Warsaw’s urbanscape. Along the walk, we learn to identify plants, hear their botanical histories, stories of their use by animals and humans, and share antidotes of specific experiences with these plants. Friday August 17, 15.00-17.00. Suggested donation: 30 PLN.
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About the Organizers

ABOUT PIXXE
Pixxe explores and modifies public space and the use of land with the aim to create a more ecological, humane habitat for the life it supports. We also promote the subsistence arts to reduce dependence on corporate systems of production and consumption. Our activities include urban farming, community gardening, guerrilla gardening, foraging, eko-art projects, workshops and classes on organic gardening and DIY maker arts such as upcycling, crafting, citizen science, cooking, and food preservation. See http://www.pixxe.org

ABOUT NANCE KLEHM
NANCE KLEHM is an ecological systems designer who engages local residents in building healthy habitats and spreading holistic, systematic thinking about the environment by creating and maintaining collaborative, long-term, and interactive neighborhood eco-projects. Her work redefines the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems in the urban environment. She has worked on projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Field Museum of Natural History, The Center of Land Interpretation in Los Angeles, The Edible Schoolyard (Berkeley), LearningSite (Copenhagen), GiveLove Haiti (Port au Prince). She has lectured or taught courses at UCLA, Northwestern University, The Hammer Museum, Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Dartington College of Arts (UK), Jutland Kunstakademi (Arhus, DK), Machine Project (LA), City Repair (Portland) and a multitude of community groups. See www.socialecologies.net AND www.spontaneousvegetation.net.

ABOUT JODIE BALTAZAR
JODIE BALTAZAR works primarily in film and animation, but her artistic activities encompass numerous disciplines such as music and performance, craft, and environmental art. Her work explores how things in an environment, living and otherwise, affect and control each other. In 2011, she founded Pixxe, which attempts to transform public or neglected space into socially useful space, addressing issues like food production, the city/country divide, civil society, and the use of land. Jodie earned an MFA from the University of Southern California in 2008 and was awarded a Fulbright grant to Poland in 2010. In 2011, she received a CEC Artslink Project in 2011 to shoot an experimental documentary film about two rural Polish brothers struggling to adapt to new economic and ecological paradigms. See http://www.baltazarworks.com.

 

Contacts

Press
Nina Józefina Bąk
ninajozefinabak@gmail.com
501142107

Programming
Jodie Baltazar
pixxe.org@gmail.com (polksi lub anglieski)
796532208 (po angielsku)

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