There is an art and a science to farming and to food production. The science is based on objective analysis of methods, components and systems. The art is more subjective and includes impressions, feelings and instincts. The term Artisan describes small, specialized, less mechanized systems of specialty farming and food production. It’s not hard to recognize that food “artfully” produced and prepared by a creative chef or artisan practicing their kitchen craft for sale on line or at Farmer’s markets are functioning in a Farm/Art nexus. This perspective allows us to appreciate a farmer’s field or a chef’s creation on our plate as art. No wonder that Artists find inspiration in the country and where food is produced for the Artisan’s touch or Supermarket bounty. Many farmers see their crops as commodities, but there are artists who see beauty and creativity in their efforts. Artists are interpreting their visions through all paint media, fiber arts and sculpture.
Today County Arts Councils throughout the country are beginning to recognize the link between Agriculture and the Arts. One of the pioneers in this movement was the Madera County Celebrate Agriculture with Arts Show. As I toured their exhibit I realized that I was spending longer with some of this farm art than I did viewing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris. At a field day in the midst of a crowd that equally appreciates art and the art of farming and food production, Farm To Table Talk explores these ideas and learns about a successful Agriculture and Arts project with Alison Flory the Executive Director of the YoloArts.Org.