Chapter 2 – Ongoing Field Research



Soil City bike tour
Saturday 3rd of September

As part of Our Land Festival 2016, we hosted a bike tour of the East End of Glasgow, where we asked the questions: Who owns the land? Who uses the land? Who benefits from the land? We explored the city’s industrial past, the connections between dereliction and people’s health, and the potential of plants to remediate contaminated soils. People joined us for drawing, writing, visioning and conversation about the kind of Glasgow we’d like to see.

Launch of the Soil City Zine
Friday 7th October, CCA

As part of Not by the Book, 10 years of the Radical Independent Bookfair Project, we held an event in the Intermedia Gallery in the CCA Glasgow. We hosted a pop-up Soil City Lab where people could take part in soil printing, fermenting and other activities followed by the launch of the Soil City Zine, documenting our research and conversations so far.

Declaration for Soils
Thursday 24th November, Kinning Park Complex

Open Jar Collective hosted an afternoon and evening of food and discussion to explore how we value soil and what opportunities there are for collective action to protect it as a resource. The event began with a Soil Soup workshop, where people brought ingredients, words and stories about why they value soil, along with a soil sample from where they live, work or grow. Later we were joined by Glasgow-based journalist Karin Goodwin who led a participatory workshop to deconstruct the language we use to talk about our natural resources and gather ideas for new ways of talking about soil.  This event was presented in association with Glasgow Local Food Network and the CCA Intentions in Actions programme.