Heirloom Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment - from Sculpture to Receipes - at Amy Goldman's "Rare Forms" Website About Gardening, Food & Art - PODCAST
If you're into gardening, or perhaps think you might enjoy it, a fun, Fashiontribes-approved way to indulge is with gardening-related art. Yes, wouldn't a bronze sculpture of a gourd be just the thing to spiffy up your crib? Check out Rare Forms, http://www.rareforms.com/index.htm, a website devoted to preserving the agricultural heritage and genetic diversity of the world's fruits and vegetables.
Worried about the flood of genetically-altered vegetables on the market, Amy Goldman promotes the cause of "heirloom" varietals -- hundreds of different varieties that have been preserved and handed down by generations of farmers & gardeners (kinda like grandma's pearls & jewelry!).
Not only are hierloom varietals less questionable heathwise -- unlike their Frankenstein-like counterparts that now dominate the supermarket shelves -- they are far more tasty. Goldman's site also features pics & write-ups of the various heirlooms she's cultivating, and tons of fun receipes...it's great to do your bit to grow heirlooms & keep the seeds from becoming extinct, but it's even better to enjoy all the benefits -- eating! The receipe for Praline Pumpkin Pie looks especially yummy, as does Pizza with Pumpkin, Melon Soup, and Ratatouille with Baked Vegetable Spaghetti.
For true heirloom immortality, Goldman has teamed up with Tallix, a fine arts foundry, to produce a line of bronze sculptures of her veggies, made from the lost-wax process. And why stop there? Victor Shrager's color "portraits" of Goldman's produce are way cooler lookin' than you might think.