Hubbard Squash Project, 2014
The Hubbard Squash Project was a seed-sharing initiative that involved growing squash, exchanging seeds and stories with other farmers, hosting dinners, as well as a series of education programs and a small publication.
THE SQUASH & ITS SEED
The Trampas Hubbard Squash carries a story specific to New Mexico. It is native to the region and grown on the land where Jubilee farmed. Growing the squash became a way to form and share a new awareness of this traditional food source and became an impetus for extending communities.
As part of the seed exchange, four growers across the U.S. received a package containing Hubbard Squash seeds and a manual designed to tell the story of this landrace variety. The seed became a contract between the grower and the continuation of a living native seed culture, a food source and also a form of food justice. Each grower documented their crop, shared images, soil samples, and a fully grown squash.
THREE SISTERS DINNER
As part of the Hubbard Squash Project, Food Justice residents at SFAI were invited to dinner. Three Sisters Dinner was a performative installation of seeds and squash, an exchange of native food grown at Jubilee Farm. The dinner brought community together around the ritual of eating, sculpture, performance and big ideas.
Collaborating partners: Ann Schnake of MobileInTent, Ursula Marie Berzborn, Victor Figueroa Infante & Marlet Torres Martinez of la compania de artes vivas ALARETE, Lida Nosrati & Keith Guambana Smith.
The project introduced the story of the seed to children to further knowledge and understanding about food security. Creative programming, designed as part of the Hubbard Squash Project brought diverse groups of children to the farm from the Santa Fe Waldorf School, and LaTierra Montessori Charter School at Moving Arts in Espanola, NM. The children participated in sensory-based activities, explored the squash and growing techniques, learned drawing and painting, and made seed libraries. Community-building extended to the families of the children who brought seeds home.