For over a century The State Fair of Texas, the largest state fair in the country, has been a mainstream showcase for agriculture, crafts and livestock that is sponsored, in part, by big agri-business.
The project investigates and documents sustainable and off-the-grid living, farming and ranching throughout the state. The installation includes photographs, video and text from her interviews with people who are, in many ways, contemporary Texan pioneers. Like any good state fair, Y'UTOPIAS includes demonstrations and other events. Engelstad has built a functioning worm farm that will demonstrate how worm castings can be used to make worm wine and naturally fertilize a garden.
Other demonstrations include:
Sunday, September 23, 3:00 PM, Raw & Vegan Chef and Cook Book Author, Haylee Otto will demonstrate how to make milk from nuts and seeds
Sunday, Oct. 7, 3:00 PM Lisa Staffelbach, Chef and Owner of 24 Carrot Health, will teach fermenting. Learn how to make sauerkraut and take your own jar home.
Sunday, Oct 14, 3:00 PM Raw Food Chef Phebe Phillips will demonstrate how to start a sprout farm and grow your vegetables indoors in your kitchen.
Image: Making Goat Cheese by Janeil Engelstad