SEEDBED: A Soil Symposium


A Soil Symposium

April 26-27, 2018

Co-hosted by the E.A.R.T.H. Lab and the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).


This interdisciplinary symposium on the state of soil will feature performances, interactive activities and visual artwork installed throughout campus.

Panels will take place in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn exploring a diverse range of topics from microbes to waste management, labor and farming; the magic of composting and soil science.

Seedbed will explore how climate change and human industry have endangered our topsoils – rendering it deadly- as well as the amazing life sustaining potential of what we call “dirt.”

Tentative Schedule

Thursday April 26th, Performance Art at the Farm

Friday April 27th, Welcome by Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Keynote by Fred Kirschenmann, Panels on Soil, Farming and Labor, Waste, Compost

Films will be screened both evenings.

A pop up visual art exhibition will be on display at the Art Department and at Rachel Carson College

(so far)

Frederick Kirshenmann, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Professor, President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Organic Farmer

Melissa K. Nelson
Professor, America Indian Studies, San Francisco State University and Executive Director of the Cultural Conservatory

Shawn Shafner
Artist, educator and activist, founder of People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project

Cynthia Ling Lee
South Asian and US postmodern dance, choreography, critical dance studies

Laurie Palmer
Sculpture, Installation, Public art, Contemporary theory, Writing and Professor of Art, UCSC

Martabel Wasserman
Artist, Critic, Curator and Research Associate at the E.A.R.T.H. Lab

Kevin O’Connor
Multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist

David Dunn
Composer, Artist and Bio-Acoustic Researcher

Damian Parr Ph.D.
Research & Education Coordinator, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

Newton Harrison
Ecological Artist and Founding Director of the Center for the Force Majeure

Jordan Freeman
Filmmaker, Archivist and Producer