If questions around generating alternatives, and other possibilities of environments for art to foster, intrigue you, make sure you listen to this conversation. Because this episode features artist Fritz Haeg, whose Salmon Creek Farm is a long-term art project shaped by many hands, a sort of queer commune-farm-homestead-sanctuary-school hybrid. Salmon Creek Farm is a re-settlement in a former hippie commune from the 1970's in Mendocino California. With acres of land with orchards, meadows, gardens, and redwood trees, it provides for living, gathering, growing, and consists as an overall art-sustaining environment.
Fritz studied as an architect and had nourished global attention as an artist with his Edible Estates, which, in its many incarnations had to do with taking yield and growing crops in otherwise unutilized greenery.
Engagement with land and plants is as important as engaging with people, since Fritz has always been bringing people together, in action, in work, and exchange.
The Sundown Salon, a series of meetings in a geodesic dome, or the collective rug-making sessions titled “domestic integrities” are a few projects that come to my mind. And I see the Salmon Creek Farm as the culmination of all these questions and more.