Special Initiative, 2010-PRESENT

Art + Agriculture

 
 

Denniston Hill has always collaborated with young chefs and local farms.

PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

  • COLLABORATIONS WITH LOCAL FARMS

  • ART + AGRICULTURE APPRENTICESHIP

  • YOUNG CHEF’S RESIDENCY

From its earliest incarnation, Denniston Hill has relied on the vegetables from its own garden and the surrounding forest to sustain residents.

In 2010, we began to expand our commitment to local and organically sustainable farming methods by collaborating with young, local farmers Trussbridge Farm and Majestic Farm.

In 2011, we introduced the Art + Agriculture apprenticeship, which gave potential farmers the opportunity to learn all aspects of running a small farm through hands-on experience.

In 2013, we introduced a related residency, that brought young chefs in to a dialogue with local growers, to create sustainable creative and economic partnerships.

The Art + Agriculture apprenticeship, a signature of Denniston Hill’s art and agricultural intersections, focused on on developing relationships, running a Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) program, and innovating new farming and marketing practices. The apprenticeship ran from April 1 to October 31, with the possibility of a year-long stay, and involved working closely with two farms that employ organic and sustainable farming practices. Apprentices rotated through all aspects of farming and marketing, including working with the field vegetables, pastured livestock operation, and designing a small garden. The program’s focus was on production, marketing, and education. Apprentices worked with a committed farm team to learn the daily rhythms in each part of the farm.

The apprenticeship was a unique collaboration between Denniston Hill, a not-for-profit arts center engaged with questions of sustainable development and Trussbridge Farm, an all-natural farm that employs organic, sustainable growing practices. Apprentices received housing, a share of meat, and a share of vegetables.