Grace Farms 2017

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Workshops on Local Food Sourcing, Gardening, Edible & Medicinal Plants

Grace Farms Foundation invites you to learn about local food sourcing and how individuals can make an impact on the environment through three workshops focused on edible and medicinal plants, growing your own garden, and sourcing food from small scale regional farms.
Workshop 1 | Food Justice & Local Gardening
Enjoy lunch in the Commons provided by Snow Hill Farm, during which Laura O’Donohue from Snow Hill Farm, Nicole Straight of Food Rescue U.S., and Grace Farms Foundation Commons Manager Neena Perez will discuss the importance of local food and how unused food can be donated locally to those in need. Workshop 2 | Closed Loop Gardening
In our Community Garden, speakers Nick Skeadas from Curbside Compost, Jen Cipriano from Copia, and the New Canaan High School Bee Club students will educate participants on the process of growing your own garden, including the importance of bees and pollinators in our ecosystem, small gardening principles, and the practice of composting in your home. Workshop 3 | Using Edible and Medicinal Plants
Participate in an educational discussion about the use of native edible and medicinal plants. This workshop will also include a walk out to Grace Farms’ paddocks to plant pumpkins, and then to the West Barn where there will be a session on wildflower arranging. Continue Reading →

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‘Practicing Silence’ Dance Performance at Grace Farms

The third installment of our Practicing series following Practicing Awe and Practicing Empathy, Practicing Silence is a year-long workshop exploring the many meanings of silence through a rigorous, creative process. On June 17 at 3 pm, an interdisciplinary team of artists and scholars will present a free public showing of a performative new work, which embodies the groups’ conceptual explorations of silence over several months: as present absence, as inner stillness, and as negated voices of the oppressed. The creative team will include contributions by choreographer Silas Farley, dancers Rachel Hutsell, Ghaled Kayali, Claire Kretzschmar, and Lars Nelson of the New York City Ballet, and dancer Cassia Wilson of Ballet Austin; composer and sound designer Pornchanok Kanchanabanca; jazz pianist and drummer Julius Rodriguez; and poet Ilya Kaminsky, and The Ase Quartet under the direction of bassist and cellist Noah Jackson. A discussion with the artists will follow the showing. The signature program of the Foundation’s Arts Initiative Practicing is led by Kenyon Victor Adams, Arts Initiative Director and a performance artist, director, and poet. Practicing brings together artists with a range of perspectives to examine universal subjects such as empathy, awe, joy, and now silence. Continue Reading →

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The Refugee Crisis and U.S. Response

Learn about the important efforts surrounding the refugee crisis in the United States, and the inspiring response from organizations including UNHCR The U.N. Refugee Agency and The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), in a conversation moderated by Grace Farms Foundation Justice Initiative Director, Krishna Patel. (more…) Continue Reading →

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