The Art of Food in Frogtown and RondoMain MenuThe Art of Food in Frogtown and RondoSeveral networks interested in investing their time, engagement, and care in community food in Frogtown and Rondo are collaborating to explore what it takes to support and build equitable fresh food in their neighborhoods.Frogtown FarmAEDAAsian Economic Development AssociationUrban Farm and Garden AllianceUrban Farm and Garden Alliance Greens CookoffIn November and December of 2016, the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance convened a gathering around cooking GREENS.Public Art St. PaulSustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56b
Laverne Henderson Storymobile interview by Megan and Valentine
12016-12-02T19:17:15-08:00Sustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56b118192Part of the Greens Cookoff preparation for the Art of Food in Frogtown and Rondo, November-December 2016. IMG 0885plain2017-02-23T17:05:55-08:00YouTube2016-12-03T02:40:52.000Z-R78HCy3YOYValentineCadieuxValentine Cadieux0826c60623ca5f5c8c1eb72fc2e97084d0c44cf8
12017-02-21T14:56:54-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711Learning to cook from watching mom cookPakou Yang10plain2017-02-28T16:15:55-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711
12017-02-07T16:12:37-08:00Sustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56bGrowing up in the southPakou Yang10plain2017-02-28T16:15:57-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711
12017-02-07T16:25:54-08:00Sustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56bMoving around and food servicesPakou Yang8plain2017-02-28T16:15:58-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711
12016-12-02T19:29:31-08:00Sustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56bimportance of a gardenPakou Yang6plain2017-02-28T16:15:58-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711
12017-02-28T12:46:50-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711Hot water cornbreadPakou Yang4plain2017-02-28T16:16:00-08:00Pakou Yang8205875b1eac264c1cd432cf5d4376c424847711
1media/Screen Shot 2017-02-26 at 6.59.33 PM.png2016-12-02T20:49:55-08:00Sustainability@Hamline53a66acd31006d343906ce1a4c7df8af8da2d56bUrban Farm and Garden Alliance Greens CookoffValentine Cadieux20In November and December of 2016, the Urban Farm and Garden Alliance convened a gathering around cooking GREENS.structured_gallery2018-12-04T16:10:51-08:00Valentine Cadieux0826c60623ca5f5c8c1eb72fc2e97084d0c44cf8
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12017-03-16T09:50:26-07:00Pakou Yang's collection of recipes and family traditions passed down18Recipe and family traditions passed down.plain2018-02-15T18:35:17-08:00When I was reading the book, The Color of Food by Natasha Bowens, the portraits that led to me choosing the topic of recipes and family traditions being passed down was Cherokee Seed Bank. In "Cherokee Seed Bank", the person in the portrait, Kevin, talks about how the Cherokee culture is being kept by going back to their roots and getting their cultural foods from planting. In Education for Socially Engaged Art by Pablo Helguera, the topic of audience came up and for my topic of recipes and family traditions passed down, the audience can be for people that cook or for people that have traditions that hold a special meaning or memory to them.
A student at the University of Minnesota, Ben, talks about his own family traditions regarding pies. Milton Rosa talks about a family tradition passed down from his grandfather to his father of a recipe.
Karyssa Jackson talks her memory of greens during family gatherings. Laverne Henderson talks about her recipe for greens. She first learned how to cook while watching her mom cook.
Family tradition is important for the identity of that family and creating memories that will be passed down. Family tradition is a way to keep the past cultural ideas present.
12017-03-16T15:52:31-07:00Food and Traditions (Bella)11Families oftentimes come together through food and cooking.plain2017-03-16T16:28:43-07:00
Valentine would like to have some part of the video with Noriah (although be careful to not include the parts where my questions are really loud!). This is my favorite part here
And there are some other clips that I think are fantastic:
Laverne Henderson has a wonderful opening for the part on greens (and frankly, so many wonderful parts, but I know you don't have all night!): here
Vivian Mims's greens finishing here and a clip on pot liquor here
This is a tricky one of Karyssa Jackson (10 wonderful seconds)! you may need to click here, or click SOURCE that shows up when you hover above GREENS! (because it's on DRIVE -- I just couldn't figure out how to get it from drive to youtube; Hamline wouldn't let me download it.) SHE ALSO SAYS SOME REALLY WONDERFUL THINGS FROM 10:51 - 13:00 [or 13:20] -- maybe this will be for the longer version I can show later...)
And it might be fun to include these few seconds of Melvin (singing)
But that shouldn't be the end thing -- so we could come back to Laverne Henderson!
Sigh worked his way from a dishwasher to a cook to own his own Vietnamese restaurant. Get a glimpse into his kitchen below.
Daniel Salinas shares a story about his parents' authentic Mexican cooking, including grinding their own corn to make tortillas.
Su speaks about the importance of farming among Asian immigrants. This interview reminds me of the chapter in The Color of Food called "Surviving as Transplants," where Pang Chang says: "For Hmong, people, from generation to generation, the knowledge of farming is passed on." Su says it's "in our genes."
With Laverne Henderson's story, we look at migration within the U.S. The discussion of trying to bring greens up from the South reminds me of the chapter "Taste of Home" in The Color of Food when Menkir Tamrat discusses how people would send over essential Ethiopian ingredients, sometimes one bag at a time, for use in restaurants.
Tony shares his appreciation for what we can learn about food from other cultures.
12017-03-18T11:04:54-07:00Food Traditions5A focus on the traditions of people in the community and their relationship with food.gallery2017-03-30T15:46:46-07:00
12017-03-18T16:21:55-07:00Elise's Video Story Project2This is a compilation of videos about growing traditions and food in Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods.plain2017-03-18T17:13:20-07:00
Growing and Food Traditions
In Natasha Bowen's book, The Color of Food I learned about agricultural traditions in communities of color that have been passed down through generations. One story that particularly struck my attention was a portrait of agriculturalist Don Bustos. Don Bustos runs a farm in New Mexico where he practices Acequia agriculture and uses his farm as a tool to mentor other people that are interested in starting their own farms. In the portrait Bustos talks about how in the Acequia culture they plant with the moon cycles to use the moon's energy to help their plants grow. For me, growing up as a granddaughter of a farmer and working on a CSA farm as a young adult, I have gathered a little bit of experience in agriculture and farming, but the idea of farming that I knew was always working in the daylight. Bustos also talked about how he knows when it is time to plant, "My mom would always tell me 'always plant when the snow melts over there in the Chacoma, if you plant before that day it will freeze mi'jito.' So we always look at the mountains, the trees, the environment and how that will impact when you plant and what you grow that season." (97) I found it interesting to learn about different traditions farmers and gardeners have so I took this project to learn more about traditions in local communities. While I didn't find many videos about agricultural traditions right now I did find other traditions related to food and growing that brought interesting incites.
In this clip Tim Page talks about connections between communities in the foods they eat and grow.
Here Laverne Henderson talks about how she learned to cook an about home remedies that she learned from her mother.
In the next video Carolyn talks about how how she has grown up eating greens. Now, as an adult Carolyn has formed some of her own traditions of ways to prepare greens and is passing on the traditions to younger generations.
In this last video Vivian Mims talks about the tradition that she carries on with her family. She makes sure that nothing goes to waste and that friends and family stay in good health. After hearing from a few Frogtown and Rondo community members I hope you reflect on some of your own traditions. What traditions have you learned from your elders? What traditions have you started yourself and what traditions will you carry on to younger generations?