Field Exchange: MODEL PLOT
Field Exchange is one of 15 projects being funded by the Creative Climate action fund through Creative Ireland. These projects will work with communities to empower people to make real changes in how they interact with the environment. Field Exchange is presented by Brookfield Farm in collaboration with artists Deirdre O’Mahony and John Gerrard.
Field Exchange will also present two artworks addressing climate change: Model Plot by Deirdre, with the Loy Association of Ireland and Corn Work, by John Gerrard, which will be presented on an LCD screen to the 12 Exchange groups on the farm. The sculptural planting will also be open to the public for 12 days over 12 weeks.
Model Plot is a large-scale, sculptural planting of herb and forage crops framed by potato ridges. The project looks to the potato ridge, born out of the need for food security in Ireland’s past, and forward to herb and forage crops that point the way to climate resilience in farming. The planting was made with long-time collaborators, the Loy Association of Ireland. Four large diamond frames at the heart of the ridge planting have been sown with legumes and herb forage crops , Sainfoin, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Vetch and Phacelia which have a practical value for farmers, fix nitrogen in the soil, benefit animal and soil health, and the environment
Field Exchange will bring together art, food, and agriculture, creating opportunities for artists, farmers, scientists, and experts from relevant fields to congregate and exchange ideas about how to combat climate change, as well as about production and consumption. Sign up HERE