Sowers and Reapers: Gardening in an Era of Change

Project Theme(s): 
Air & Climate
Diversity & Affordability
Grounds and Landscaping
Public Engagement

This project team sought to bring humanities tools to the issue of environmental justice and migration. Drawing on human rights approaches, oral history, gardening history, documentary photography, digital mapping and exhibit curation, team members documented how Durham residents in the College View, West End and Watts-Hillandale neighborhoods are engaging with issues around climate change, environmental justice and gentrification through their gardens.

Throughout the year, the team visited local community gardens and partnered with the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) and over 20 other universities to produce an exhibit on environmental justice and climate change. The team contributed 20 photographs (with accompanying text), quotes from interviews, student essays, audio excerpts and video to the exhibit, which opens in New York in Fall 2019. The team also created a Durham-specific exhibit (Sowers and Reapers: Building Change in Durham Gardens from the Ground Up) including eight panels that feature text and photos. The exhibit will travel throughout various Duke and Durham public spaces.

Humanities Action Lab
Pauli Murray Center for Social Justice
Additional Information/Links:
Robin Kirk
Barbara Lau
Project Team: 
Giulia Rocco
Surafel Adere
Rand Alotaibi
Sharmi Amin
Grace Chun
Alyssa Cleveland
James Daubert
Jordan Dozier
Spencer Ganus
Will Graham
Emma Herold
Caroline Kealoha
Clare McKenzie
Elena McNiece
James Robinson
Matthew Sima
Daniel Song
Christopher Teufel
Shom Tiwari
Sierra Winters
Saskia Cornes
Mayme Webb-Bledsoe
Valerie Johnson, Bennett College
Elizabeth Shulman, Durham County Library
Tim Stallmann, Counter Cartographies/SAVAS
urban gardening
environmental justice