Interviewing Aly Jeffery

This monday I have met in person, after many e-mails, Aly Jeffery. She is the General Administrator for Canalside, and the Education Project Coordinator. She has been involved in the project from the very beginning and has a really important roles in the community. I was specially interested in her for being in charge of the Educational Project because my project is as well focus on getting to young people.
Here it is the whole interview.

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Fermentation Workshop

Saturday 15th February half a dozen members met on site with Erica Moody, a veg member who loves making sauerkraut and other vegetable preserves that are made through lactic acid fermentation, to learn how it’s done. People went home with a range of preserves, including sauerkraut and mixed shredded veg. Those who attended are invited to bring their jars back during the collection on Saturday 15th March (at 11am) to try each other’s veg preserves. If you are collecting your veg while they are there, you can also have a taste if you like. If you missed the workshop, but would like some tips about making fermented veg, you might like to download these information sheets that Erica made:
A simple guide to making fermented vegetables Sauerkraut
However, they were intended as material to accompany the workshop, so there may be gaps that were covered verbally. If you’d like a fuller understanding of how to preserve with lactic acid fermentation, look out for details of a future workshop – Erica has already offered to run another one later in the year.




22nd March, collecting and start seeding spring cultivation

So, March is ending and you can notice it at Canalside Community Food!  You can feel more and more agriculture activity as time goes by. 

This saturday morning Will has been irrigating the polytunnels using hoses and sprinklers. He has been also helping two young volunteers to collect the carrots and stock them up. After finishing collecting, they are planting new cultivations. They are seeding the spring crops in the polytunnels, potatoes are gonna be planted as well, and they have already planted tomatoes inside a house (because they really need to be warm) and they will need to be replanted somewhere else.


Photobooks session, really inspiring

We have taken many photobooks today in class and I found this really inspiring in order to start to think about our own photobook. How we reacted today with the photobooks in class gave me a lot to think about.
My first impressions about a photobook, how some of them invite you to open them much more than others do, how they show or hide what are they about… It is not only about how yourself react to the photobook, what do you think about them, but what other people react and think about them. I mean, you know what most of the people think about a particular book.
This is, at least for me, really worthy, because I always thought young people as my main audience, my main purpose has been always to get young people know about CSA’s and organic food.

All groups chose big books, no one chose Little pamphlets.
In particular in my group I was really surprised because I did like the Little one, but for the rest of the people was shit. I am talking about Anna Ryonssetasf photobook Killing time . My mates said that it shouldn’t even be a photobook. They did not like the photographies at all, but I thought the concept was brilliant. In fact when I discovered at the end of the book that was made by a girl of my same age when she was still in school. I have thought many times about those pictures that teenagers take themselves in order to kill their time. I think that the fact that my mates thought the photographies were shit is just a prove that Anna’s goal was achieved. She got exactly the type of shots that a teenage can take, she selected in fact the more controversial ones.

The last days of shisamaref, by Dana Lixenberg. Its cover was weird, but it makes you be curious about it. Clear structure and loads of information inside. I like also that it is part of a bigger project and the book can be complemented with the documentary, or the audience of the documentary get interested in the photobook.


Drowned by Seba Kurtis I liked the fact that the photographies have just the location specified but not more extra information. You can get the general topic about it but I guess you probably will google it to make sure what he is talking about. There is in fact more specific information on Internet.


Meeting Will Johnson, main veg grower at Canalside Community Food

After having a walk through the farm last saturday with Paul, visiting all the polytunnels and talking about the Winter cultivation, this Saturday I met Will Jhonson, main veg grower at Canalside Community Food.
This time we had a personal meeting instead of an agriculture chat.

Honestly, the sound has really bad quality because the equipment was not good enough given the difficulties of the location, so I am not going to use this clips for the final presentation but I like them to be considered as a part of my research in generally CSA’s projects and particularly in Canalsdie and its members . So, I leave here what I did consider the big points of our meeting:

How did you get involved into Canalside Community Food?

Ok. So that’s why you like more this Project and get into it, but how did you get into growing vegetables or know about CSA’s projects?

What do you think Canalside Community Food needs to keep on developing?

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So, do you think that in about 10 years people are going to be much more interested in this kind of projects?

And how do you actually work to keep this specific Project on developing?

So, you resolve everything as a group?

As a documentary of my visits to the farm I guess it works well because actually the noise that spoils the interview is the wind sound that brings you to the camp or sometimes the sound of children’s voice.

Here I attach some pictures of Will Jhonson that are actually going to be part of the photobook. For me they work really well in order to get what he actually does in Canalside, enjoy and look after the land, as well as enjoy others company.


Digital Truth, something to think carefully about.

Digital manipulation it is not nowadays stuff, it has been used before. One of the first examples of digital manipulation is a cover from National Geographic magazine, they moved the mountains in order to fit the cover.

We read the explanations of the decision of the AP of firing Contreras. Does it seem to be the accurate punishment?  It is really polemic!

As we can see in the diagrams in todays slides, currently there is a new paradigm. If you look at the current one the negative aspect is that its unfiltered, but if you think about it, it is also a good point and a bad point from the previous paradigm.

Now there is a need to question the true, because people with internet are publicising themselves.

We all have to work with the true in our projects. Amateur photographers are spontaneous and immediate, its reactive is quick and trusty. After this part of the lecture, you obviously start to think about how are you gonna manage the true in your own project. In my case, I think that if I choose the pictures with kids, or with people, it might reflect the spirit of Canalside Community Food, but it will definitely not represent the true of my visits there. I mean, I have been going every week of February and at the moment I had seen that quiet lonely and quiet. It is normal as it is winter, and its really cold and full of mud, so most of people just go and pick up the vegetables. Nevertheless, if I show just that with my images I wouldn’t be honest either, because I will be representing just the opposite of what Canalside Community Food is. It is in fact a community and its main idea is to share time with people around land. I guess I am going to try to show both sides. Catch both moments. I am going to adopt kind of a documentary attitude, try to look for more social moments, and also shoot what I see when I arrive.

Here is the trailer of paranormal activity

Paranormal activity really tries to add some verisimilitude: the camera is moving, its no static, you really believe you are in fact there. Those techniques encourage the audience to believe us… That’s why I dont think that shaky shots would be necessarily a big deal in my film. My idea from the very beginning with this project is to make it in a documentary style so I dont really care if it seems a bit home made. I mean, I am trying to get really involve with this community, to get confidence with them and get myself moving with the camera around as anyone else.

Task F

The “digital city” is the typical city nowadays, a city that, no matter its size, its citizens dont relate ones with others, they just have contact with machines. And machines for their part basically strengthen consumerism.
As a result, we have a city with people wandering and not walking, texting and not talking, or if they are talking it will be with earphones, people who press ‘finish’ button instead of saying ‘thank you very much’.

At the same time, as technologies are getting more and more importance, dominating the whole life of people, both their private and their public esphere, its so important to get the last new gadget that makes your life even more ‘easier’ than the one before.






So….what happens if suddenly all the gadgets switch off?!!