GARDEN/ EARTH SCHOOL
Started back in April with the help of my former roommate, Ian Best. We brought soil from 1254 Lynwyn Ln (RIP) and amended the hard clay dirt in a former parking lot.
5 months later we’ve had an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, gerkins (tiny little cucumbers that sprouted on their own), okra, arugula, strawberries, watermelons, basil, mint, parsley, cilantro, sunflowers, kale, lettuce, radishes, sorrel, comfrey, lambs quarters, borage, clover and onions. A successful first season.
With the help of volunteers, this month we finished a fence, built a 3 part compost bin, and put in a brick pathway.
And finally, after building all this up (with plenty more to go) we held our first Earth School class on Pickling (our very own green tomatoes) and salve making. The instructors were Stella Dillard, a local chef and gardener, and TK a yoga-teacher and artist who recently moved to ATL. They, along with Stephanie and Carolyn Reis have committed to helping dream up a vision for the garden, and help execute it with the help of the wonderful souls that join us in that space.
I could’ve learned how to pickle on youtube, and I don’t necessarily plan on feed myself with the garden (although I’ve picked plenty of stuff throughout the summer), but I do believe its important to reclaim Earth skills and to do so with a community of people.
AWESOME FEMME ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS
(A response to the whole Brett Kavanaugh bullshit)
Here’s a shoutout to some of my (mostly local) favorite femme artists and activists doing dope work, that def deserve your support:
Living Melody Collective. - activist collective getting people to vote. Give em money!
Linqua Franqa.- baddest hip hop artist out of Athens GA. Also their County Comissioner.
Yani Mo. - one of the best hip hop artist in ATL
Bitter. - one of my fav pop punk bands in ATL
Estrella Sanchez - incredible activist in the Latinx community
Willow Goldstein (The Bakery Atlanta) - support the space on patreon!
glo. - so many lovely dancers activating spaces all over town
Brantly Jackson Watts. - can’t wait for her new film Spoon
The House of June. - visionary filmmakers in atl
Yes Ma’am. - putting on dope art female art shows in ATL
Darine Hotait - caught her film in Tacoma WA. So good.
Sophia Ghallager (and the Library) - creating space and collecting resources for radical change
Ash Go - dope filmmaker and activist in NYC
Danielle Deadwyler - one of the best actors, performers, and activists in ATL
Sister Sai - beautiful beautiful music. Cello virtuoso.
sunday morning at 7 (Anicka Austin) - brilliant brilliant brilliant
There are so many more.
I traveled to Tacoma, WA for the Tacoma Film Festival to screen Blue Jays. It was a really wonderful way to de-stress from all the intensity of grinding day to day in the city. The mountains hold a very special place in my heart.
The nature is beautiful, the people are awesome, and the festival was a great opportunity to meet some talented filmmakers from the West and East coasts. Just returned and feeling refreshed and re-energized!
Some Highlights (of the films I caught, so many missed):