The multi-faceted Erin Schneider distributed about three dozen fabric squares to fellow farmers and other friends in multiple states, with the instruction they bury the squares in the ground for a couple of weeks.
Microbes in the soil quickly went to work “painting” the swatches in unique ways. Meanwhile, folks who buried fabric were also busy sharing prose and poems of why and how they selected spots to dig.
The idea arose from 2015, which was designated International Year of Soils by the United Nations. Schneider paid homage to dirt with an agricultural art project like none other – a “soiled” quilt.
Read more about this original and unique idea from the soil scientist and Sauk County farmer who doesn’t mind a little dirt under her fingernails here. Soil is, after all, the foundation of Hilltop Community Farm, which she operates with husband Rob McClure.
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