It was wonderful to run this project under Danita Noyes and Sharon Kallis -- my first season-long, grant-funded project as a community-engaged artist. The hardest part was the commute (19km of city traffic each way -- Vancouver is pretty long from E to W), and the farmer-anxiety that Brian and I suffered on account of crows, mice, and timing the planting so that the harvest would (we hoped) coincide with the date we'd picked for the party! Getting folks to come out to the site for our events was a challenge that we overcame by simply 'taking our show on the road', to existing community-wide events and areas of higher ambient traffic levels.
In 2015, EartHand Gleaners Society is leaving the Aberthau site in the hands of Village Vancouver, and concentrating our efforts on projects a little closer to home -- Trillium North Park near Strathcona, and Means of Production Artists Raw Resource Cooperative in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
Video Documentary by Martin Borden: