By Alex Wisser
When the folks at Lyttleton Atelier approached us with the idea of mounting an exhibition of works in progress from the Artist Farmer Scientist project in their window gallery, we very promptly and enthusiastically said yes please. The offer came at a public event hosted by Epicurean Harvest, a small scale organic farming initiative in Hartley that employs the principles of regenerative farming and a partner on AFS. They also supply produce to Lyttleton Stores, a socially conscious food cooperative “encouraging conscious, ethical, local economies as well as transitioning to a no-waste, lower energy future”. The opportunity for us was attractive because it offered us a way of disseminating our work to new audiences along the social network of people connected to the regenerative farmers we were working with - in this instance, a food cooperative that had its own community of shared concern for the environment.
The original offer of an exhibition quickly escalated to include a panel talk, a dinner and a workshop, a common product, we learned, of the inexhaustible energy and commitment of Lyttleton’s Eloise Maree and and other members of the Lyttleton team. If you want to see how much they do in a single month, just check out their events page here.
The exhibition went up a treat. Here are some pictures, but if you get a chance drop by in person. It’s well worth the trip, and besides it will give you the opportunity to experience some of the brilliant produce and artisan handcrafts of Lyttleton Stores.
After the talk, we got down to a seriously delicious meal and some even more brilliant conversation. Thank you to everyone at Lyttleton Stores for letting us share our adventure with your community and thank you for the warm hospitality and the beautiful food. See you at the next thing
Fiona Davis made this video of the panel discussion - thanks Fiona!