farmland

Picture an American farmer. Chances are, the farmer you’re imagining is white – more than 9 out of 10 American farmers today are. But historically, African Americans played a huge role in agriculture. The nation’s economy was built largely on black farm labor: in bondage for hundreds of years, followed by a century of sharecropping and tenant farming. In the early 1900s, African

'Symphony of the Soil' Digs Beneath the Surface

Nov 25, 2016

Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

You can see the trailer for Symphony of the Soil below. And watch the entire documentary on KRCB television Saturday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 3 pm, or next Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 pm.

Remembering the Running Fence, 40 Years Later

Mar 10, 2016

  The Running Fence, Sonoma County’s most iconic artwork, embodied some curious contradictions.  It was public art created without public funds, and took ten times longer to erect that it actually stood. Yet despite—or perhaps because of that short physical existence, it lives on vividly, in both artifacts  and memory.

  While the Running Fence was striking and unusual, SSU Art History professor Michael Schwager says it can also be seen as part of the Earth Art movement that began in the mid-20th Century.