What Artists bring to the Table: Elisa Rathje
Join artist and garden farmer Elisa Rathje for apple-pressing on a century-old cider press using apples harvested from Appleturnover, her 1½ acre 1895 Salt Spring apple orchard turned food forest and micro-silvopasture. For the workshop, bring along a half-pint mason jar to collect fresh apple juice and come chat about the possibilities of home-scale wild fermentation. During the discussion, Rathje will explore ways in which participants can start to transition to simple living and “radical home & local economies” in an era of ecological crisis and energy descent.
Both workshop and discussion are free, but registration is required as attendance is limited.
Running from July to November, What Artists Bring to the Table is a food series exploring the artistic practices of cultivating and cooking food. The series central theme is how food is both a political act, as through eating we are supporting different systems, and a cultural act, which can both reaffirm one’s own identity, but also assist us to see other’s worldviews. Each event will feature two components: a hands-on workshop, where participants will work with the artist to make a food product, and a discussion, where participants will have a larger conversation about food while sampling the food from the workshop.
Location: Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont Ave #1, Victoria, BC V8R 4B2)
Oaklands Community Centre is on a ground-level floor, with no stairs throughout the building. There are four single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms, two which are wheelchair accessible and one offering a baby change table. The Centre offers ample free street parking and is on the #4 bus route, with the closest stop being at Hillside and Gosworth.
The Oaklands Community Centre sits on the unceded and traditional territory of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and WSÁNEĆ Nation.
Image credits: Elisa Rathje