Fall Foliage, Farms, & Fracking Tour

Agri-artists, urban farmers, data visualizers, designers, radical cartographers, performers, waterpodders, activist geographers, and YOU in a veggie-oil powered bus. Join us as we drive upstate to the beautiful Delaware River Valley on the NY/PA border to visit local farms that are fighting hydrofracking in their backyards.
$50/person includes transportation, meals, hiking, farm and drill site tours, potluck dinner party, accommodations, and free morning yoga class. Leave Saturday morning November 6th, return Sunday afternoon.

Space is limited, buy your ticket now!   

Why should you come? Cuz fall leaves rock, so do veggie oil buses, and organic veggies, and road trips, and rivers, and farmers, and food, but fracking doesn't. Pssst, they're all related, find out how. Get out of Gotham and come visit Gasland.  
Some of the folks we'll meet there:
  • Farmer Alice and Farmer Pete of Diehl Farms, Callicoon, NY: a 6th generation Catskill dairy farm, they also produce maple syrup, honey, Christmas trees, and organic produce. The drilling issue has been a contentious one for the Diehl family, as profiled in this recent Bloomberg News article.
  • Farmer Neil and Farmer Alice of River Brook Farm, Cocheton, NY: right on the Delaware River, they grow organic heirloom variety produce and sell meat as well.
  • Farmer Greg and Farmer Tannis of Willow Wisp Organic Farm, Abrahamsville, PA: they grow a diverse mix of organic vegetables, herbs and cut flowers. Until recently a gas drilling test pad was located next to their farm.

We'll stop by an active drill site outside of Milanville, PA, have a potluck dinner/party with local farmers, activists and artists in Narrowsburg, NY, and crash at the Riverlights Bed & Breakfast on 8 pristine acres of woods, trails, and water. In the morning we eat brunch, take a hike, take a yoga class, or take it easy. Back in the city by late afternoon. 

Organized by Not An Alternative, with Sky Dog Projects.

Co-sponsors: Ant Hill Farm, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Electronic Media Foundation/Earth to the Earth, Issue Project Room, Not An Alternative, Riverlights B&B, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Sky Dog Projects, and Urban Rustic.

Fall Foliage, Farms and Fracking Tour is presented in association with
Open Sourcing The City: Invited and Uninvited Participation
A Programming Series By Not An Alternative

Global urbanism is one of the most significant trends of this century. For the first time, a majority of people on the planet now live in cities. As populations shift to urban centers, space – which is already at a premium in most cities and dwellings – becomes an even more pressing concern. Short of growing our architecture ever higher and spreading the creep of concrete, we seek solutions that consider size constraints alongside questions of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Artists and designers, developers and planners, activists and architects respond to these challenges with creative solutions. But our fixed gear bikes and rooftop farms, geo-location apps and LEED certified lofts are lifestyles cum commodities, quickly subsumed into brand campaigns, used to sell a spatial agenda. Kill your Facebook profile, grow your food, you are still a walking talking advertisement for gentrification whether you like it or not.

Inevitably, where people converge, spatial conflicts arise. The ideas and desires of one group come at the expense of another. While social media and technology are heralded as cost-effective means to open-source the city, this participation is only partial, presenting an imagined consensus that obscures deeper forms of social exclusion. Too often, participation affirms a system rather than challenging it. And our contemporary system contradicts sustainability principles with a fundamental and fatal design flaw: that of impossible, unlimited growth.

Given these conditions, how can cultural creatives and spatial practitioners participate productively? What are constructive forms of critical engagement? What does an architecture look like that acts not to serve a community but to produce it? How might we open-source the city in invited and uninvited ways?



One Response to “Fall Foliage, Farms, & Fracking Tour”
  1. This is an amazing thing to do, Bravo and thank you to all who put this brilliant idea together, hopefully hundreds of buses will be filled…This is so great…

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