Fun news! This Spring Wilder is pleased to present our first class series. All classes are held in the lovely loft and garden space above the restaurant Isa. We’ve also gathered some of our favorite experts and farmers to teach you everything from plant propagation to the basics of flowering arrangement. One May 19th, we’ll be focusing on flowers and food. And in June, we’ll be focused on the business of growing and horticultural.
At the end of each class day, we’ll be hosting two special educational dinners. The first will be hosted by famed farmer, Annie Novak of Eagle Street. Annie will be helping you eat your way through some the yummiest plants New York State has to offer at this one-of-a-kind Native Plant dinner. One the second day, June 9th, we take stock of the grooviest of them all, the mushroom. This dinner is hosted by Ian Purkayastha is the owner and founder of Regalis Foods. Ian is the go-to guy for New York based Michelin starred chefs seeking shrooms and truffles.
Classes can be purchased individually or as an entire day long package. If you have any question about the classes, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floral and Food – May 19, 2013
Classes on this day focus on flowers as design element including floral arrangement and dyeing. You’ll also find beginner level food growing classes including a look at the wonderful world of herbs. The day ends with a one-of-a-kind native dinner highlighting some of the best and yummiest plants in New York State.
See all the floral and food classes here.
Horticultural Explorations – June 9, 2013
Classes featured on this Sunday in June are all about the business of growing from turning a brown thumb green to understanding the basics of window farming. The day ends with a special dinner that takes stock of the wild and wonderful mushroom.
See all the horticultural exploration classes here.
Wilder’s next issue, Spring 2013, is on the press at the printer!
We’ve got some great stories this issue:
Wilder’s Spring edition takes a look at the, ehem, dirtier side of plant life. We visit famed 1970s punk-band CRASS at their UK intentional community and garden, Dial House. We learn about the real birds and bees from famed botanist Timothy Erdmann. Fashion mavens Rodarte give us a guided tour of the California natural landscape that inspires their collections and we hold our first ever Wilder chef battle royale with secret ingredient, asparagus. Wilco’s Nels Cline tells us about the sonic sensibilities of wooden instruments and an illustrated botanical primer showcases the plants used in ceremonial rituals. We chat with the Mushroom King of the Pacific Northwest and learn about the dangers of the cut-throat truffle trade. Along the way we learn how to make our own cheese, build a shelter and what to do if we’re ever lost in the woods. Groovy.
Much like Spring, Wilder is in heading into full bloom. We have so many wonderful things in store for this season, but I think I’ll just tell you about two.
First and foremost, I am so excited about Wilder Monthly – our digital companion to the Quarterly:
Wilder Monthly aims to give Wilder Quarterly readers a digestible, accessible monthly installment of the print publication’s objective: exploring the natural world season by season through growing, food, wilderness exploration, crafting and culture. Distinct from the Quarterly, Wilder Monthly presents information tailored to the arc of the season with hands-on growing, cooking and making projects that can be completed by both the novice and the expert alike. Every grower’s secret weapon, Wilder Monthly is the quintessential guide to getting your hands dirty.”
Sounds good right? I’m really excited about it. Especially so, because our first issue is chocked full of some great projects, interviews and inspiration. We’re hoping to launch it in just a few weeks. Stay tuned…
You’ve probably also noticed that the Wilder site is changing again.
As we add more content, and writers and other fun things for Spring, we need bigger more robust site that can handle it. By the end of the week, it’ll be gorgeous and wonderful. But for now, you may find a glitch or two. The full site will be finished in a week or so and its’ going to be lovely.
Take it easy,
Image source: Samantha Casolari for Wilder’s Spring 2013 issue
While I love the print issue of Wilder Quarterly, just like everyone else, I often purchase magazines and other types of content digitally – for my Mac, iPad or mobile.
Today, we’ve launched a downloads section to the Wilder site that includes free articles, special collections and full digital versions of back issues. These are available in PDF form for easy reading on your iPad or laptop. This library of content will continually expand including more types of content and also, more formats such as iBook or .epub for Android devices.
Over the next month, we’re also working on creating specific tablet and web content we’re calling Wilder Monthly. The Monthly aims to provide digestible, accessible content that explores the natural world season by season through growing, food, wilderness exploration, crafting and culture. Distinct from the Quarterly, Wilder Monthly presents discreet information tailored to the arc of the season with hands-on growing, cooking and making projects that can be completed by both the novice and the expert alike. Think of it as Wilder’s nerdier and more practical friend.
I can’t wait to share it with you, but in the mean time, enjoy the downloads like the one pictured left – our Feasts and Recipes Collection.
Last night we hosted an event at the MoMa that was pretty special – in conjunction with the installation of Wolfgang Laib’s Pollen from Hazelnut, London-born, Los Angeles–based sonic artist Mileece (featured in our Summer ’12 issue) performed “live generative music.” The sold-out evening, titled “Bio-Electricity,” was a truly unique sonic experience that combined live cello; wildlife recordings and soundscapes.
Of course, the most awesome bits were watching Mileece use her hand-crafted sensors to emit sound from a range of plants including philodendrons and dracaenas, big bold palms. After her performance, sound artist and DJ Maria Chavez turned out the tunes.
We’ll be releasing a video of the event in the next few weeks for you all to enjoy!
Special thanks to the MoMa for having us. The ladies who pulled together this event together from MoMa’s PopRally team are all all-stars: Sarah Kennedy, Lily Goldberg, Jenna Walsh, Jessica Cash, and Janelle Grace.
Photo above: Carly Gaebe
Wilder Winter 2013 explores the deep freeze with a trip to Iceland to see what survives the polar clime and coastal Maine to see the cold, hard realities of oyster farming. Chef Magnus Nilsson shows us the hiemal pleasures of the Swedish landscape and Alaskan native and songstress Kate Earl teaches us how properly to filet a salmon. We have plenty of deep reading for those long winter nights with a brief history of tree-hugging and an interview with NY Times columnist Mark Bittman. We experience a mid-winter thaw with a visit to Vietnam to learn about international farm to table cuisine. Along the way, we delve into the mythology of the persimmon and figure out why everyone should love the praying mantis. We’ll help beginners get into vermiculture, share growing tips for every region and much, much more.
For all of you who were intrigued with Mileece who was featured our Summer 2012 issue, we’ve got some great news – the sonic artist will be playing at the The Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, February 26, as part of the institution’s PopRally performance series.
The evening, titled “Bio-Electricity,” is developed from Mileece’s exploratory practice, and will feature “live generative music” – a truly unique sonic experience that combines live cello; wildlife recordings and soundscapes from Mileece’s travels in Canada, Costa Rica, and other locales; and live visuals generated by plants, along with other video material.
Buy your tickets here.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Performance begins promptly at 8:00 p.m., with a cocktail reception to follow. Guests are invited to view Wolfgang Laib’s Pollen from Hazelnut during the reception, which also features a DJ set by the fantastic Maria Chavez.
Wilder Quarterly is looking for some two individuals to join the family.
Wilder Quarterly is looking for a design assistant to work with the Creative Director and Art Diretor on creating the magazine. The is a freelance position that comes with a small stipend. The magazine is made in three month cycles. You would need to be available for two of those months. Duties include:
- Reviewing research with the Art Director/Editors and choosing the best images for layout
- Preparing images for layout (silo image, color correct etc)
- Reviewing pages of the magazine with color tech to mark up every image for any color changes and minor retouching
- Designing pages for their designated sections of the book and perform reviews with art director
- Conceptualizing illustration, photo illustration and information graphics
- Making proofreaders changes to book with editor.
- Uploading documents to the printer.
Please send your resume to info at wilderquarterly dot com
Wilder Quarterly is looking for an outdoor blogger – someone who has knowledge about hiking, camping, survival skills, orienteering and all the other stuff we love to get up to. You need not be an expert. We’re also happy to have an enthusiast who has a range of interesting sources, and ideas, as well as knowledge of current projects and outdoor histories worth blogging about. This position is freelance and pays by the post.
Send us email to info at wilderquarterly dot com and tell us why you’d make a great outdoor blogger for Wilder. Please include a sample post (it doesn’t need to be long) so we can get an idea of your writing style or link us to a sample of your writing.
Abbye Churchill, Wilder’s editor, selected the winner of the contest - Honor Woodward:
slush squeaks underfoot /
branches snap in icy wind /
clear crisp winter breath /
Abbye chose Honor’s haiku because, “Haiku is so much about the sounds and patterning of words. I love Honor’s haiku because it brings to mind all of the crisp, bright sounds of winter.” Congrats to you Honor. Email us info at wilderquarterly dot com to claim your prize. Runner-ups? Nice job, to you as well, and to everyone who entered. Thank you. All brilliant.
murmur of the bird /
chilled under the frozen pine trees /
but I am inside /
with the harvest done /
bulbs hibernate under earth /
we all wait for spring
Alexander Scott Hair:
a flash of whiteness /
winter snow blows all around /
silencing the night /
As you’ve noticed by now, we revamped our site last night. We have created so much content in the past year and half that our old format just couldn’t keep up and didn’t provide enough flexibility. So, down it came in a crashing heap. No bonfire, but close.
In this new iteration, we’ll be able to share more galleries, showcase bigger images and create much easier ways for you to enjoy all this stuff we’ve jammed into the Wilder site.
Over the next few days, you’ll notice things shifting and being ironed out. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks!
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