” …. now they’re digging ancient summers, bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the fiery sheaves (Tams).”
Welcome to the new Living Field web site.
Latest ….. Ancient grains – 10 year retrospective ….. Where art meets science in Singapore + Real time virtual field … fan palm patterns at Fiberoptic 7 …. Hutton Rocks! inspired by James Hutton, Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures at the National Museum of Scotland …. wasp architecture at Fiberoptic 6 …. Tina Scopa’s plant pressing workshops at Open Farm Sunday and the Royal highland Show ….. Mashlum no more! Not yet this crop mixture lives ….. Peasemeal, beremeal and oatmeal bringing diversity to the landscape and ancient tastes to the plate….. start of a new series on crop diversification ….. bere country our last barley landrace.
The Living Field is run by staff at the James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK. We work through outreach, education and shared experience to promote sustainable production of food and other products from the land.
The web site opened in spring 2014 to celebrate 10 years of the Living Field Garden.
We hope you enjoy visiting the site. You will find news and updates of all current activities (Regular Content) and reports of long-running themes and collaborations (Projects and people, below).
- New images, articles and opinion pieces are posted frequently under Notes and Images, the most recent listed in the left hand margin.
- The News page links to what’s going on in the Living Field project, updates to the web site and matters topical.
- The Garden relates the evolving habitats and and living plant exhibits in this centrepiece of the project, created in a corner of the Institute’s farm in 2004.
- The Year records the seasonal cycle in the croplands through the quarter days and cross quarter days.
- Our About page gives more on the history, aims and funding of the Living Field.
Projects and People
- 5000 years is a long term project on the innovations that have sustained life in the maritime croplands and more widely since the neolithic. We begin with 5000-Plants – fibres, dyes, weeds, and coming soon – cereals and legumes.
- People profiles collaborations with the Living Field in art and science. including Jean Duncan (archaeology, food, Capsella), Tina Scopa (plant pressing workshops) and Slovenia artist Vida Fakin.
- Global field presents an occasional series of articles through Urban-field and Water-field, for example: Inle Lake Burma, Dundee’s waterfront, winter floods in the croplands and the hills around the Parthenon.
The Living Field is presently managed by Gladys Wright and Geoff Squire but exists through the efforts of many people. For more information on origin, aims and charitable funding, please see the About page.
For the Living Field project, garden, CD, centre and general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For this web site, The Year, the 5000 Years project: Geoff Squire at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
All images on this site are taken and prepared by the Living Field team unless stated otherwise. Please respect our ownership of these images . The Living Field is funded by charities and is not profit-making.
Photographs on this Welcome page change with the turning of the year. The current images were taken at or around the winter solstice in December and the first cross quarter day in early February. The panel winter solstice II shows (top left, c’wise) last sunset of the year over the Isla, frosted cereals leaves, fogged field, cold river Tay and cow eating hay (all Living Field), and winter solstice I shows frosted leaf, sunset or polytunnel frames, rose hips, the JHI on a cold dawn and field by the sea in Angus.
Quote at the top of the page is from John Tams’ song ‘Man of Constant Sorrow’.
Living Field Images (top of right hand column): current image is of a painting by Slovenian artist Vida Fakin showing a hayrack in a wintry landscape. Click the image to see more of Vida’s work and recollections of her family.