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To promote a culture of resilient localized food systems in the gulf islands of British Columbia through music, feasts and storytelling that creates ripples across the world
- The average age of BC farmers is 57 years.
- Fifty years ago, Vancouver Island farmers produced 85% of the Island’s food. Today, Island producers provide only 10% of the food consumed
- Low incomes and access to land create barriers for new farmers.
Since 2013, a crew of musicians, farmers, filmmakers, writers and photographers have set off on the Sea to Seed Tour, a sailing voyage through the Gulf Islands of the Salish Sea in British Columbia.
We are on a expedition to:
- Collect and share the stories of the farming communities sown along the coast
- Explore the importance of localizing food systems, ethical farming, seed saving and community building
- Engage the role that art and culture play in supporting and celebrating these ways
- Create active, educational and celebratory sharing opportunities that foster and build relationships
- Make the stories we capture accessible and the inspiration, education, and influence scalable to a global audience.
“An Island where we feed each other abundantly because farming is a viable and valued foundation of our sustainable community.” Vision Statement , Denman Island Agriculture Plan Steering Committee
We believe in spreading these seeds of change. We do this by:
- Hosting workdays, music concerts and farm-to-table feasts as a means of creating connections within and between the communities on the islands we visit and a growing network of allies
- Capturing and producing multimedia content of the local stories and grassroots efforts including: Photography, Videography, Written Articles, and Illustrations.
- Turning the content produced into digital media shared through social media and our online website, overgrowthesystem.org
Local Farm Feasts
The Sharing of food has always been apart of the human story. Holding Farm to table feasts is the cornerstone of the Sea to Seed tour. Food, language and music carry the beating heart of culture, they hold the possibility of remembering, of realigning ourselves with the simple values of caring for ourselves, each other and the great wild world. We hope to inspire a collective story telling rooted in the fertile soil of regenerative celebration and cultivating a real way of living with integrity.
Rising Appalachia: Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.
Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously. It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion. www.risingappalachia.com
Dustin Thomas:“…a powerful singer songwriter in the midst of a massive empowerment movement.” – Huffington Post
“His uniqueness defies labels. If you need comparisons, he’s a conduit for something spiritual and real, the way that the great Bob Marley was (and still is) or the way real issues were sung by, say, Tracy Chapman, whose stirring voice, by the way, seems to be echoing in Dustin” – Big Island Weekly
Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love: wild hearted globe-trotter Dustin Thomas is making waves worldwide with his infectious and captivating blend of beat-box/Soul Folk. Armed with a voice, a guitar and universal anthems of faith, love, and war; this young artist continues to inspire hearts around the world on his mission of music, joy, and peace. www.lovedustinthomas.com
PEIA: As an archival songstress, Peia has gathered songs from ancient traditions that span across the globe. She carries melodies wrinkled and wise with time, laboring faithfully to revive their language, stories and original essence. Praised for her crystalline tone and high soaring soprano voice, Peia’s music pierces the heart with bell-like clarity. Accompanying herself with charango, harmonium and guitar, her eclectic ensemble offers enchanting renditions of timeless musical gems. www.peiasong.com
The Tailor: The Tailor dreams a future rhythm and he walks a future blues, made up of a tender slices of music from all over this crazy world. He travels with a broken beatbox and a banjo and he is not afraid to use it. His legendary Live performances have been delighting, confounding and seducing audiences for more years than he would care to admit. Highlights include residency at Shambhalah Living Room Stage for the last ten years, an opening slot for a Beats Antique tour, and playing the Fusion festival in Berlin. www.thetailor.info
Dates (linked to Facebook event pages)