Many communities are losing their food culture and there is a lack of support to preserve this knowledge. 

Loss of this cultural knowledge directly leads to the loss of biodiversity. We need to break the cycle, take a hard look in the climate mirror, re-establish the sense of pride, and acknowledgement. One of the first aspects of a culture to disappear in times of conflict and climate change is food and farming culture.  Innovation, research and development are linked to ecosystems and ancestral knowledge, preserving the memory of indigenous peoples food, who have been excluded from the national garment and culinary identity. A non-invasive interaction with the ecosystem and local communities is innately tied into the cultural DNA, which is based around food, shelter, and CLOTHING.

In 2019, Reap What You Sew will be programming Project Threadways, which records, studies, and explores the history of the textile industry in The Shoals community, and the American South, and beyond.

Aiming to generate an emotional connection between people, clothing, and food, ‘Climate / Mirror’ bubble tripods will be making the lyrical and poetic journey of how clothing and food gets to us.  If we want to eat good, we have to cultivate good.  The goal is to create a lively blend of character, explore unfamiliar territory, and environmental partnerships anyone can join.  Reap What You Sew ‘Mirror Bubble Tripod’ project has been invited the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco, where Boutique Crenn a patisserie / public Arts space, will be launching in the fall of 2019 – the space is beyond just a food destination it’s also a public exhibition space.

There are many efforts to link climate change adaptation and mitigation work.  Chefs use their media influence and international voices together inspiring action about the effects of climate change, and food insecurity.  Climate food initiatives are promoting sustainable agricultural practices, tracing roots and connecting the dots, such as reducing food waste, adoption of plant-rich diet, silvopasture, celebrating small-scale farmers, protecting traditional farming techniques, gastronomy as a tool for integration, combined with the fundamental right to be free from hunger, all revitalize the battered agricultural system. 

People want to know more.  With the interactive exhibit, outreach, merchandise, participants can have a better understanding and new appreciation for the connection between themselves, their clothing and food supply.