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Young Farmers Mixer and Photo Exhibition @ 18 Reasons

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My house during Hurricane Iniki. No joke.

Who doesn’t love farmers? I’d like to be one some day. I grew up on a Macadamia nut farm on Kauai. Or what was supposed to be a Macadamia nut farm. You see, Mac nuts trees take seven years to mature. But on year eight was hurricane Iniki, which wiped out 350 trees, and the dream with it. Sad story. I’m sorry for the tangent. I’m supposed to be making you laugh. Well, jump to now, when I ask my folks if I can go live in our house on the farm with my friends. A big resounding “Hell no! You don’t know how to take care of the land.” To which I replied, “Yeah, but I have hellof attractive bearded friends who do!” This Saturday, a bunch of those attractive bearded friends, and probably some attractive bearded strangers, will be at a Young Farmers Mixer slash exhibition opening at 18 Reasons (Bi-Rite’s sister space across the street). Not to mention the lady farmers I know will be there. Talk about the whole package! Ok, this is not a dating post. Sorry again for the tangent. The point is, these events are usually SUPER fun and super FREE, so you should go. Oh and Davyd Nereo and Winnie Byrd will be playing tunes and they are rad. Plus locally-grown treats and a cash bar. Do it.

The exhibition: “A SENSE OF PLACE: Contemporary Agrarian Photography featuring new works by small farmers from across the nation. Many of the images of farms that we, as consumers of media, are exposed to are often taken by outsiders with no anchors in the land they photograph. In selecting works created by new agrarians who are emotionally rooted in their environment we seek to unearth a deeper layer of the changing landscape of agriculture.” Exhibition Dates: February 3–March 31st, 2011. Opening party: Saturday, February 5th, 5-7pm.

The venue:18 Reasons brings people together to deepen our relationship to food and each other. Through an innovative community center and thought-provoking, fun programming, we inspire action and foster collaboration toward creating a just and sustainable food system.”

Saturday, February 5th, 5–7pm
A Sense of Place
18 Reasons Gallery
593 Guerrero St. @ 18th St. [Mission]

And another event posted on the Greenhorns blog, in case Saturday doesn’t sound like enough. Add this Friday event to your weekend mix:

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Chloe's youth was split between California and Kauai, frolicking on a macadamia nut farm in the tropics and landing finally in the Bay Area. Raised by super-Jew hippies, and the youngest of three sisters, Chloe learned early the virtues of thrift, economy, and green living. To the chagrin of her parents (who hoped, of course, for a Jewish doctor or lawyer), Chloe has put her degree from UC Berkeley to great use by becoming a folk singer. As "Chloe Makes Music" she plays shows throughout SF and beyond, donning vintage frocks, selling handmade merch, and pinching pennies as she sings for her supper. Calling Berkeley home for the last six years, you can think of Chloe as the website's East Bay Correspondent, opening your eyes to the hippie-filled, tree-hugging, organic-loving, vegan-eating, but way-overlooked and awesome assets of Berkeley, Oakland, and beyond.

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