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Grounded Knowledge

Grounded Knowledge is inspired by the desire to link hands-on practice with literary and historical knowledge production. Workshops bring together local artists, farmers, herbalists, and chefs with students and scholars to explore connections between our Renaissance kitchen gardens and apple orchard and our rare book collection, including: agricultural treatises, gardening manuals, early modern literature, and early earth science writing. Upcoming workshops include a focus on: seed stories in global landscapes, women’s production of herbal remedies and medical knowledge, fermented fruits and cider making, and distillation: pigments, perfumes, and syrups.  

Preservation
October 17, 2020 | 1:00pm
A virtual workshop with local orchardist Matt Kaminsky, Gnarly Pippins & Dr. Marissa Nicosia, Cooking in the Archives.
This 90 minute workshop offers light readings, historical recipes, and a lively conversation about the preservation of trees and their fruits. Participants will  work with apples, venture into orchards past and present, and explore the archives that link the Renaissance world and our own. 

Workshop enrollment is now full. The syllabus is available here.
 

Participants
Eloise Arnold, UMass Alumna
Olivia Barry, UMass
Barbara Blumenthal, rare book specialist
Grayson Chong, UMass
Patty Daurizio, historical cooking enthusiast
Jennifer Farley, works with an heirloom apple orchard
Peg Hepler, interest in historical landscapes
Melissa Hudasko, UMass
Wendy Joubert, history enthusiast
Selina Kell, Latin teacher and home gardener
Katie Lipsmeyer, interest in food preservation
Sally Luken, UMass
Justin McArthur, UMass
Vin Nardizzi, University of British Columbia
Nancy Siegel, Towson University
Shannon Supple, Curator of Rare Books, Smith College
James Wald, Hampshire College
Marjorie Rubright, “Renaissance of the Earth,” Renaissance Center, UMass
Liz Fox, “Digging the Past,” Renaissance Center, UMass

 

Bees
August 1, 2020 | 1:00pm
A virtual workshop with Jade Alicandro Mace, Milk & Honey Herbs and Dr. Haylie Swenson, Folger Shakespeare Library. 
This workshop offers light readings, simple recipes, and a lively conversation about bees, hives, and honey production venturing across gardens, books, and art—past, present, & future.

Workshop enrollment is now full. The syllabus is available here.

Participants
Gerit Quealy, author, Botanical Shakespeare
Shannon Supple, Curator of Rare Books, Smith College
Vin Nardizzi, University of British Columbia, interest in herbals
Katie Walker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, interest in practice knowledge
John Kuhn, Binghamton University, beekeeper
Mia DePaolis, Randolph, MA, beekeeper
Jessica Ryan, beekeeper & book history enthusiast
Owen Williams, Folger Shakespeare Library, interest in bees as political metaphor
Madeleine Charney, Research Services Librarian, W.E.B. DuBois Library, UMass, practices herbalism
Kate Freedman, Librarian for History and Graduate Student Services, W.E.B. DuBois Library, UMass
Asia Rowe, Columbia University, interest in apian metaphors in commonplace books
Chandler Steckbeck, UMass, interest in renaissance honey recipes
Grayson Chong, UMass, interest in honey production and bees in art
Marjorie Rubright, “Renaissance of the Earth,” Renaissance Center, UMass
Liz Fox, “Digging the Past,” Renaissance Center, UMass