A holiday wreath from the first ever Art Cart rolling workshop in North Charleston, SC.
Over at the Urban Veggucation website
, I shared many of the benefits that a community garden brings to any neighborhood
, especially one like ours. Since July, we have worked really hard to grow food in our humble space on Spruill Avenue. We're still getting the water issue figured out but that hasn't stopped us from making the most of what we have.
Sharing the garden's gradual transition with friends and volunteers sparked our newest event - the first ever Lowcountry Art Cart. Art Cart is an artist-led alternative exhibition space/art workshop on wheels that is designed to engage diverse communities in the immediacy of contemporary art. Founded by artist, educator and my sister from another mister, Ms. Jonell Jaime Pulliam. Ironically, our 'fierce fields' collided while working together on a Freedom from Hunger mural she led at the Lowcountry Food Bank almost 3 years ago
. The Cart brings movable art-making workshops and art exhibitions to neighborhoods throughout the Tri-County Area. It's a rolling gallery that brings the work of contemporary artists to various communities in Charleston, and the larger South Carolina community. It's primary goals are to:
- Support contemporary artists in Charleston, SC by providing an alternative exhibition space.
- Expand the artist and community experience of contemporary art by offering exhibitions of invited artists from around the country.
- Introduce various communities to new artwork by bringing the artwork to them. Communities will include the downtown area, public parks/gathering places, and traditionally non-art viewing neighborhoods.
- Provide a rolling workshop where exhibiting/participating artists can bring art-making projects to the local community including seniors, families, and students.
On Saturday December 10, Metanoia
Civic and Young Leaders, Metanoia staff and neighborhood youth joined Jonell and both our families at the garden to create wreaths and holiday door hangings using sustainable materials (sourced from discarded plant matter gathered during my volunteer hours in Hampton Park). Creativity bloomed despite passing showers and chilly temps. Not only did we create together but we also broke bread together, dining on turkey sandwiches served on whole wheat bread topped with fresh lettuce from the garden; oranges; lemongrass tea, bottled water and a variety of sweets.
Jonell is an artist and educator with over 13 years of experience working in museums, colleges, and community based organizations in New York City and Charleston, SC. She hails from New York City and has worked at major art museums including The Met, the Whitney, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC. Her own artwork uses printmaking, drawing and interactive installations to explore social dynamics and personal interactions
Our children helped me decorate the newly planted Carolina fir Christmas tree. Based on what the neighbors wanted, our community garden is built to support socializing and food production. Bringing more Art Cart activities to North Charleston seems to be a perfect way to accomplish that goal.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!G
When our backyard was loaded with 3 tons of cinderblock, I had a lot of urban garden questions.
Forgive me for jumping all over the place with topics, but I wanted to back up a little and cover those urban garden questions that I took a while to figure out in the beginning. Hope its helpful to you, too! Wow, this blog entry took longer than I expected. I'll answer more questions as they come to me (or as you send them my way). G'night!
G, is there an easy way replace your lawn with a herb or vegetable garden?
My husband and I used a combination of digging out the sod, thick layers of newspaper, corrugated cardboard and or plastic and topping that with tree mulch. You really don't have to dig up the grass if you do it properly (we didn't wet the weed block layer). This process is known as sheet mulching. Here are a few sites that describe sheet mulching or other easy alternatives.
G, does my city allow backyard chickens?
I looked up and listed the rules on backyard chickens for cities and towns Charleston County, SC where I live. You can go to BackyardChickens.com to city ordinances
search page. If that doesn't work, google the name of your city and municipal code, then look for the section on animals, its in there somewhere.Chapter 4 of the City of North Charleston ordinance on animals and fowl
states: Domestic animal includes dogs, cats, domesticated sheep, horses, cattle, goats, swine, fowl, ducks, geese, turkeys, confined domestic hares and rabbits, pheasants, and other birds and animals raised and/or maintained in confinement. My response - La, la, la, la, la, I get to be a farmer woo!Sections 5.8 and 5.9 of the City of Charleston's ordinance on livestock
states: Sec. 5.8 - Keeping cows and goats prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any cow or goat within the corporate limits of the city except at a distance more than one hundred fifty (150) feet from any dwelling, other than the dwelling of the person so keeping such animals, unless written permission is obtained from the residents and owners of such dwellings that may be within one hundred fifty (150) feet of the place where such animals are to be housed or maintained, and under such conditions that are approved by either the health officer, the public safety and housing officer or the division of animal control relating to the appropriate care and security of said animals. (Code 1975, § 5-11; Ord. No. 1976-29, § 1, 9-14-76; Ord. No. 1987-160, § 1, 9-22-87)
Sec. 5.9 - Keeping swine and poultry prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any hogs, pigs or poultry within the corporate limits of the city except at a distance more than one hundred fifty (150) feet from any dwelling, other than the dwelling of the person so keeping such animals, unless written permission is obtained from the residents and owners of the dwelling within one hundred fifty (150) feet of where such animals are to be housed or maintained, and under such conditions as are approved by either the health officer, the public safety and housing officer or the division of animal control relating to the appropriate care and security of the animals.
(Code 1975, § 5-12; Ord. No. 1976-29, § 1, 9-14-76; Ord. No. 1987-160, § 2, 9-22-87)
Basically, the City of Charleston's rule is if your homestead isn't in the middle of nowhere or you don't get written permission from neighbors living within 150 feet of your planned farm, you're (currently) out of luck.
Section 4.4 of the Town of Summerville's ordinance on livestock states: Poultry at large. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit or allow any chickens, ducks, geese or other poultry of any kind or description to be at large within the corporate limits of the municipality, excepton lands owned, leased or controlled by such person. Huh? What if the poultry is (at) small?
(Code 1982, § 3-4) Chapters 90.27 and 90.28 describe the Town of Mt. Pleasant's ordinance on livestock: § 90.27 KEEPING DOMESTIC FOWL. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or have in his or her possession any chickens, turkeys, ducks, guineas, geese, pheasants, pigeons or other domestic fowl that will because of noise, odors, or flies, or otherwise tend to impair the health or disturb the peace quiet and comfort of nearby residents occupants of places of business.
('81 Code, § 90.13) (Ord. 93050 passed 10-12-93)
§ 90.28 COOPS FOR CONFINEMENT OF FOWL. It shall be unlawful for any person to confine fowl in coops or other enclosures less than 18 inches in height. Such coops or other enclosures shall not be so filled that fowl therein will not be able to move around freely within the same. All coops or other enclosures used to confine fowl shall be provided at all times with clean food and pure water placed in Containers outside of the coop or other enclosure, protected from contamination, and accessible to the fowl at all times. Coops or other enclosures used to confine fowl shall be provided with clean litter and cross-ventilation at all times. No fowl shall be left in any building unless provision is made for outside ventilation.
('81 Code, § 90.14) (Ord. 93050, passed 10-12-93)
Chicken feed for sale in North Charleston