BREAD CYCLE WORKS

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Hartford, CT 2010-2011

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Organized while artist-in-residence at The Workshops @ Billings Forge in collaboration with Emcee CM, Alexander Hill, James Holland, Rebecca Parker, Rodger Phillips, Hartford Food System and residents of Billings Forge. A lot on Broad Street in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford was planted with wheat that was milled into flower for bread and pizza that was shared with the community. All the plowing, planting, harvesting and threshing of the wheat was done using the green energy of bicycles. The project affirmed our relationship to the land and the physical and metaphoric sustaining qualities of bread. It celebrated a multicultural calendar of rites and community activities associated with planting and harvesting.

Billings Forge Community Works (BFCW), located in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford, is a non-profit organization committed to revitalization in the community. BFCW is responsible for the development and management of programs that improve the conditions of poverty, offer a healthy quality of life and provide economic redevelopment opportunities. BFCW programs include The Farmers' Market @ Billings Forge, The Studio @ Billings Forge, The Workshops @ Billlings Forge, the Center for Community @ Billings Forge, the Residencies @ Billings Forge and The Kitchen @ Billings Forge. At the forefront of the project is the award winning Firebox Restaurant.