Millennial Agricultural Projects
Now, in the early decades of the twenty-first century, it is time for a renewed trek across America, this one devoted to delivering both food and the word to every town, large and small. Our care-a-van, which we are calling M.A.P.—short for Millennial Agricultural Projects (as well as Mighty Agricultural Pilgrimage)—will visit towns and cities across the country, large and small, delivering plant-based, non-GMO food to the local citizenry. Chefs celebrated as innovators capable of reconceptualizing the edible world will deliver delicious, aesthetically delightful food and discuss new and exciting ways of eating. We hope to map out our trek well in advance, researching local cuisine and products, which will be incorporated into festive meals served in situ. The truck will run from spring through fall and will feature a large extendable awning, long wooden tables and chairs, and beautiful dishes, all meant to give participants a culinary experience they will not forget any time soon. These events will be led by a range of people working together—nationally-known chefs, nutritionists, writers, musicians, and artists—and may include competitions, bake-offs, and test kitchens. It would be great to hold roundtables on these occasions as well, pulling together some of the most exciting new philosophies of food, nourishment, and sustainability, understood in terms of identity, value, politics, community, ethics, and aesthetics, as well as the work of artists who have made food and eating the subject of their work. We are also considering sponsoring a vegetarian/vegan still life series that would do for legumes, tofu, grains, and bread what Dutch (and, to a lesser extent, German and Italian) still lifes did for dead game (with humor). All in all, we seek to work with a significant number of like-minded people to restore and reinvigorate the culture within agriculture—the social, artistic, aesthetic, philosophical, and civilizing dimensions of plant and animal cultivation that, until recently, were largely inseparable from it.