You Are What You Eat

Food is the fuel that keeps us alive. Food can also connect us to local landscapes and to the wider world – both to the places where the food comes from and to the cultural traditions that sustain us. 

Every kind of food we eat originally comes from a specific environment: a local farmers’ field, the fruitful shoreline, the surrounding forest, or a more distant place. These food ecosystems and what they provide us have influenced our diets and our daily lives over time. 

This exhibit explores particular ingredients from local and far-away food ecosystems, exploring the effort, work, and tools needed in order to sustain our appetites and fill our stomachs – “from the ground up.”