Every week, Brown Market Shares is growing a local food movement by bringing a variety of vegetables, meat, dairy, and bread from farmers and businesses across Rhode Island and Eastern Massachusetts to College Hill.
We Are the Forest
It started with walks around the city.
While living in Lima, Peru, Lucia Monge would walk around and notice how poorly people treated the trees. Which prompted the thought: if I were a tree, I would just stand up and leave!
From there, Plantón Móvil was born. The event is part-performance-art, part-public-demonstration, part-parade. Participants march through Lima, carrying and adorning themselves with plants. In doing so, their bodies become vessels—as they move, the plants they carry can “move” through, and claim, the city.
For Monge, the project is an artistic expression, as well as a way of bringing the environmental movement to people in an immediate, tangible way. At the end of each march, the plants are used to create a public green space in Lima.
Monge’s love of both science and art go back to childhood, when she cultivated an appreciation for observation during weekly birdwatching sessions with her grandfather. For the last four years, she taught K-12 science during the day, then left school in the afternoons to go to her studio, where she made art.
Today, as a MFA student at RISD, Monge continues to explore how we can use art and education to transform the way we live in cities, and forge closer relationships between ourselves and all living things.
- “Song for a Pea,” “Netherland,” and “La Di Day,” by Podington Bear (http://podingtonbear.com/)
- Original songs composed for Planton Movil 2012 by Nicolás Wangeman
October 7, 2014
September 30, 2014How A Small State Makes Local Food Possible
Have you tasted a local tomato lately? Shopped at a farmers market, or taken a nutrition education class? For many Rhode Islanders, the answer is yes, thanks to Farm Fresh Rhode Island. In the ten years since it was founded, Farm Fresh Rhode Island has turned one state into a thriving healthy food system – and an example of success for a nation recognizing the need to go local.
September 26, 2014
September 22, 2014
In 2012, 440 students did not graduate in the Providence School District. Last year Billy Watterson, a senior on the Brown Wrestling team, established a local chapter of Beat the Streets, a national movement to bring wrestling programs to urban middle schools across the country. In less than one year, Beat the Streets PVD has built teams in five Providence schools. I attended the final summer practice at Gilbert Stuart Middle School to see why so many kids are taking to the mat.
September 15, 2014
September 9, 2014Action-Based Learning in the Great Outdoors
This summer, Moving Mountains hosted its first summer camp, two weeks of nature exploration and sustainable living lessons at Roger Williams Park in Providence. For the urban high school students who participated in camp, it was an introduction to spending time outside as well as an opportunity to make friends and grow leadership skills. And for Co-Founders and Social Innovation Fellows Jared Rothenberg ’15 and Ivy Sokol ’15.5, this outdoor education adventure was just the beginning.