Soil Culture Residencies
Touchstone collaborations worked with the Blue Finger Alliance during their residency which explored and celebrated the market gardening heritage of the Blue Finger, a stretch of Grade 1 agricultural land adjacent to the M32 in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Touchstone collaborations are a socially engaged arts research practice dedicated to ecological thinking for sustaining cultures in balance with nature. As ecological artists and action researchers, their approach is responsive, collaborative and inter-disciplinary. They are also curating a programme of events which will take place in and around Feed Bristol, an award winning Avon Wildlife Trust community food growing project in Stapleton, Winterbourne Medieval Barn and Soil Culture at create.
Touchstone collaborations will use participatory activities to draw out and capture the stories and skills of the land’s market gardening past across the growing season as a way to protect its future from damaging development and connect with the generation who are leading Blue Finger’s urban agriculture renaissance. The aim is to engage with at least 10 of the older generation of growers and 10 of the younger and have a particular emphasis on wellbeing and community cohesion. The progress of the residency will be shown at the Create Centre over the Summer and at a further public event at Feed Bristol during harvest time.