Directions 1. Hwy 101 exit 11 2. South onto Greenwich Conn 3. Continue onto NS-358 N, 10.4 km
4. Right onto NS-221 E/NS-358 N (signs for Evangeline Trail)
5. Follow NS-221 E, 4.4 km
6. Left onto Longspell Rd, 30 m
7. Right to stay on Longspell Rd
8. Left onto Medford Rd N 45 09.842 W 064 21.785
Artist
Ericka Walker Ericka Walker is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She holds a BS from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her current work refers to early twentieth century propaganda imagery as an aesthetic platform for addressing both historical and contemporary attitudes toward interrelated notions of war, patriotism, colonialism, agriculture, and industry. This installation sponsored by www.24webster.com
stop Installation That You May Live In 1806, the Kings County Agricultural Society changed it’s motto to “Be Industrious That You May Live.” Even prior to this organization’s formation in 1790, the survival of agriculturalists of this region meant maintaining dynamic relationships between the production of crops, animal husbandry, machine maintenance, and land management. Being industrious not only facilitated their livelihoods, however. More than almost any other factor it was permanent agriculture and its associated technological advances that insured the entrenchment and rapid expansion of European settlement across North America. Whether this expansion is seen mostly as noble, or disastrous, its deepening impact on the land is utterly undeniable. Equally undeniable is the difficult act of balancing contemporary agricultural labours with the realities of a changing climate and increasing world population. High on this list of pressing issues in agriculture is soil conservation. The reparation of damaged earth, and the maintenance of healthy soil bodies is an evolving science, though it has long been observed that modern tillage methods are perennial culprits in the degradation of soil quality. Some predictions claim that the world has an average of 60 years of harvests left, and taken alongside deforestation and climate change, destructive tilling practices and implements have led to the degradation and erosion of one third of the world’s arable soils. For over half a century, agronomists, engineers, and farmers have been working to find solutions. New farming implements, designed with soil health in mind, have played a key role in this evolving agricultural revolution. The machinery pictured in this mural represents advancements in no-till technology, practices that - when compared to the work of previous implements - disturbs relatively little topsoil, contributing to the longevity of the land used for sowing crops. It is an image of hope and good-purpose, but also emblematic of an ongoing call for progress as farmers attempt to to feed the world. Because, unbeknownst to many of us outside of the industry, farmers constantly have to decide whether and how how advancements in agricultural technologies and practices can be applied, while also serving their interests as stewards of the land.
Thank you Arts Nova Scotia for help with the creation of this artwork. 8