We're back and very excited about a brand new topic for our first Design Evening of 2013! This month our theme will be Designing with Farmers: Saving Land and Growing Food in the Modern World.
To kick off the evening we'll be viewing a short film entitled Growing Farmers. Following that, Maxwell will be joined on stage by three of the stars of the film to discuss the film and also the topic of designing with farmers.
More on our guests:
Scott Chaskey (see more from Scott's farm at The Kitchn) is a farmer, poet and an educator. He has worked as poet-in-residence in numerous schools and museums, throughout New York and in England. Employed by the Peconic Land Trust as a steward of land, he has farmed garlic, potatoes, greens (and sixty other crops) for over twenty years at Quail Hill Farm, one of the original Community Supported Agriculture farms in the country. He is a founding Board member of the Center for Whole Communities (Vt.) and of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm (NY), and is past president of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. He was named Farmer of the Year by NOFA-NY in 2013. In 2004 he edited "Free Concert," the final book of poems by his teacher, Milton Kessler, published by the Etruscan Press, and in 2005 his most recent book "This Common Ground, Seasons on an Organic Farm" was published by Viking/Penguin. He is presently working on another book, "Seedtime," to be published by Rodale in 2013.Amanda Merrow and Katie Baldwin are the founders of Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett, New York. The pair have been farming together on the east end of Long Island since 2008, when they met during a season-long farming apprenticeship at Quail Hill Farm, also in Amagansett. They are part of the national movement of young people committed to revitalizing America's food system by helping people become empowered and excited to make thoughtful food choices through a deeper connection to their food and the people who grow it. Katie and Amanda have been featured on the Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and many local publications for their work at Amber Waves Farm. They frequently speak at regional workshops and conferences geared towards organic growers and consumers.
Tonight's Design Evening sponsor Sokol Blosser Winery has been producing exceptional cool-climate wines since 1971. Nestled in the Dundee Hills in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon, Sokol Blosser's Pinot Gris has exceptional long-term aging potential and exhibits aromas of mineral, stone, citrus and spice with crisp flavors of apricot, apple and fig on the palate. The winery is currently under renovation with plans to create a tasting room experience that is thoughtful, timeless and deeply rooted in sense of place. The new facility, slated to open this summer, is intended to lift the spirits and heighten the total experience of the wines, the vineyards, the estate, and Willamette Valley.