Broomcorn Along the Gowanus and Other Arty Ideas at a $20 Party this Weekend

Christine Kelly's first project was a little corny, but we approve.

Last fall Edible Brooklyn profiled Christina Kelly, an artist who filled planters on city streets with heirloom corn in attempt to highlight the long-lost maize crops of our Lenape indian forbears.

This weekend, as part of an ongoing project called Feast, Kelly will take place in a contest among 10 local artists to get the greenlight (meaning a few funds) to go ahead with their Brooklyn-based projects. Kelly’s is to plant broomcorn along the Gowanus canal — she’s calling it SWEEP — others want to repurpose trash into sculture in Brooklyn schools, one entrant wants to make a giant air-fueled organ, another a one-day “musical petting zoo” where you can play instruments as you wish. The winner is decided by those who attend the “Feast” of from 5 to 8 on Saturday at Church of the Messiah in Greenpoint. There will be food and Brooklyn Brewery beer, but entry is first-come, first-served and the suggested donation is $20. More details right here.




Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.