Articultores is sowing seeds in Buenos Aires - literally. This group is bringing urban agriculture to the most culturally diverse areas of the city, getting communities to work together to develop public vegetable gardens in unused corners of the city. Free Culture, Sustainable Development and Free Communal Space for all is the manifesto; agriculture as a collaborative cultural and artistic process is the vision.
Throughout the months of March and April, the articultores are taking over the Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires and everyone's invited to come along, get green fingered and participate.
Two stages make up the process of re-farming the city: practical workshops and GUERRILLAHUERTA! Check out the calendar and head down to Appetite gallery to get involved. Learn how to make seed bombs - small balls of earth, clay and seeds designed to yield greater production with as little human intervention as possible. Construct mini electronic consuls to monitor the irrigation of the urban plots. Be inventive - create plant beds on wheels for ease of mobility and hanging baskets to get maximum use out of scarce city space.
GUERRILLAHUERTA! (agricultural guerrilla warfare serves as a rough translation) is the actual process of farming the city, and gives you an idea of the sense of humor and fun these guys throw into the mix when it comes to recruiting and managing their 'troops'. These are the rules: make the seed bombs, choose the target, attack said target, spread green fever in your neighborhood, send in the photos. This last bit is important as the internet is a key part of the project; experts and novices, locals and newcomers alike can share their experience and knowledge.
The articultores base their activities in migrant hotspots: Abasto and San Telmo in Buenos Aires, and Lavapies in Madrid, so idea exchange and collaboration gets global. These bohemian, working class areas are hubs for immigrants and artists, perfect for Articultores' aim to get different ethnic groups working together to farm their neighborhoods. In the eyes of Agricultores, an immigrant is much more than a symbol of economic values. It's time to investigate what they can bring to their new community, and for the locals to welcome them and learn from them. Urban agriculture is the vehicle through which Articultores develop this principle.
Inauguration of ARTICULTORES! at CCEBA is 2nd March at 19:00, so get yourself down to the CCEBA, Sede Florida 943 and check it out for yourself!