Preserving the Brambles

Project Details


This project, which will include in-person research, aims to explore how the traditional home industry of making jam has adapted in the face of climate change. Making preserves, particularly fruit jams, at home has long offered predominantly women a way to practice fiscal economy, making use of the local natural environment to provide for family, themselves, and favored charities through a highly localized vernacular economy. Making jams requires an intimate and often internalized knowledge of local plants as well as passed down cooking skills. This knowledge reveals an ordering of the year according to its harvests and labors rooted in tradition but upended by climate change.
Effective start/end date1/09/2330/06/25


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