Sunday, May 22, 2011

An Exciting New Endeavor for the Pickle Project!

It is with great excitement that we share some wonderful news. In addition to the lavish support of our generous and inspiring Kickstarter backers, the Pickle Project recently got a big financial boost from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, a funder dedicated to promoting improved communication, closer cooperation and greater respect between the people of the United States and the Former Soviet States, and other countries in Eastern and Central Europe, through environmental and cultural exchange.

Augmenting our current research, documentation and social media efforts, this infusion of support will allow the Pickle Project to expand its observation of Ukrainian foodways, culture and sustainability through a series of “community conversations.” Partnering with Shelburne Farms, the amazing working farm and education center in Shelburne, Vermont, the Pickle Project is bringing together a diverse array of intergenerational perspectives, including local Ukrainian and American cooks, community leaders, agricultural practitioners, cultural managers and citizens, in Ukraine’s diverse urban communities. Coordinating with local partners in each city, these events are designed to promote expansive, cross-cultural dialogue and storytelling.

Many thanks to our supporters, backers and readers, who continue to energize, inform and encourage the Pickle Project’s work! As always, we will be sharing stories, photos and voices along the way! Look for updates at the Pickle Project blog and on Facebook and Twitter (@PickleProject)!

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