January 29, 2023
Forging a greater approach: Fundraiser at Artwork Museum goals to plant a seed
Greens grown from the greenhouse backyard of Chef Tiffany Pineda-Scarlett and her husband, Chef Joey Scarlett, the founders of The Farmer and Chef and operators of the Aspen Artwork Museum Rooftop Café.
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At 6 p.m. Sunday, the rooftop cafe of the Aspen Artwork Museum will open to ticket holders with an array of clever delicacies sourced from the crops of Seed Peace founder and farmer Casey Piscura. 

Seed Peace works to forge a greater meals system beginning on the seed by means of seed analysis, farmer coaching and starvation aid. 

“We’re engaged on the issues that individuals want,” Piscura stated. This contains “growing the varieties (in crop seed) that find yourself being the spine of the producers, in order that they’re positive they’ve a resilient seed that is aware of the right way to develop on this local weather.” 



This occasion is combining a neighborhood of native, small-scale farm advocates. The Farmer & Chef founders Tiffany Pineda-Scarlett and Joey Scarlett, in addition to Bosq Aspen head chef Barclay Dodge have partnered within the kitchen to create a culinary expertise from Piscura’s considerable number of crops. 

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They’ve joined forces with the identical targets to construct wholesome soils, vegetation and our bodies for the longevity of our planet and native meals system. 



Pineda-Scarlett tells of her perception in hyperseasonal and hyperlocal meals: “We really feel that some of the essential issues that our meals system wants is to shift away from large-scale agriculture and in the direction of small-scale agriculture.” 

The Farmer & Chef duo commends the efforts of small-scale farmers who’re “actually placing their cash the place their mouth is and altering individuals’s outlook on farm recent merchandise.”

Their assist is extra than simply phrases. They supply between 80% and 90% of all their produce used each day on the AAM cafe from the Roaring Fork and North Fork valleys. 

These champions of regenerative agriculture have discovered a solution to convey native artwork from the soil to the plate. All the pieces from the distinctive high quality of Piscura’s seeds to the decorations on the tables will show this type of dwelling artwork on the occasion on Sunday. 

On the menu

Within the collaboration of those three cooks, the menu is showcasing culinary-art sustainability and 100% regionally centered. Having bonded shortly over the method of fermenting recent produce to create lasting powders of taste all season lengthy, these cooks are doing every part attainable to attenuate waste. 

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The menu has been curated to focus on what Seed Peace and Piscura specialise in. Based mostly on the present number of produce, together with a uncommon high-mountain watermelon, the menu makes probably the most of accessible crops and minimizes waste. 

Seed Peace is positioned on Sunfire Ranch in Carbondale. This is identical land that when belonged to the unique settlers of Crystal Valley 128 years in the past. 

The workforce goals to convey friends into the historical past of the land itself. Utilizing quite a lot of seeds and fermented herbs and powders, they plan to convey the life pressure of those crops to the primary dishes. 

The founders of The Farmer & Chef stated that we’re all part of the land we develop, stay, and eat from, and these dishes act as an clever reminder of that.

“We will likely be serving carrots cooked in soil from the farm, in order that the entire ecosystem and microbes are included in that dish,” Scarlett stated. “We’re making an edible soil out of (fermented herbs and powders).” 

Utilizing the colourful number of mountain-grown seeds, the workforce is designing the form of a stream throughout the tables. However, on the finish of the occasion, every seed that contributed to the visible artwork must be collected and saved rigorously, making certain the longevity of Seed Peace’s mission. 

“We’re simply attempting to point out off the artwork of rising, the magic of seed saving and what you’ll be able to create,” Piscura stated. “We’re excited to focus on this different type of native artwork that’s rising, and we hope to catalyze much more development.”

The Aspen Artwork Museum has performed a big position in permitting them to showcase the work of seed saving as an artwork kind. 

“It drives individuals to it,” Dodge stated. “The venue actually provides the power to seize the upvalley clientele, and it did.” 

This occasion offered out in the midst of September for $150 per ticket. 

All funds will go towards Seed Peace and their mission to alter meals programs and probably save the planet by means of small-scale farming, analysis, and schooling.

“The best way that now we have carried out seed saving tells a narrative by itself as a result of, during the last 10 years, now we have developed new varieties, colours and flavors and, in the end, actually dived deep into how one can create artwork on the farm within the type of seeds,” Piscura stated. 

See the main points of the occasion on the Aspen Artwork Museum web site.

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