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Utah musician combines art, agriculture

Published April 22, 2013 9:53 am

Food • Family-friendly fundraiser on April 26
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When musician Michael Cundick started learning about mass production of food and its connection to poor health and the environment, he decided to wed his two interests.

He created the group Artists for Local Agriculture and, with the backing of Slow Food Utah and Wasatch Community Gardens, has created the Railyard Community ART Garden. With property donated by the Utah Art Alliance near The Gateway, there are 41 garden plots to rent, for $25 to $45, which will be surrounded by murals, sculpture plots and a stage for workshops and art and music events.

Why artists and agriculture?

To make sustainable food production hip, he said.

Current groups that promote sustainable agriculture, eating local, and healthy lifestyles are "from the older demographic," he said. But "if people see it as more of a punk rock way to reduce their reliance on the system … if they see their favorite musicians and artists [promoting the message] there's going to be a lot more influence throughout the community."

While the garden will be ready to open May 15, Cundick and the arts alliance are still raising funds for the art installations, garden tools and shed, among other items.

The group will hold a family-friendly fundraiser with hors d'oeuvres by Frisch and the Elevated Cuisine restaurants, a jazz trio, art display and silent auction featuring work by Utah artists. All money raised will go to the garden project.

When • Friday, April 26, 7-10 p.m.

Where • Salt Lake City Arts Hub, 663 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Cost • suggested $5 donation