That’s a metaphor that we’ve heard a lot used for—well, something else recently. It’s nice to think of it being used to make really healthful, delicious, comforting bread instead. After all, many people have started making bread as a mode of therapy and to feel connected to the If You Don’t Believe They Have Souls Shirt besides I will buy this present moment. All over the U.S., Singapore, India, Bulgaria, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Paris, London, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Mexico, Hawaii…that’s the U.S., but we had to put an extra stamp on there, so it feels worth noting. Canada. I’m sending a booklet with an illustration that I made of a feeding cycle—when you feed a sourdough starter with flour and water it keeps it alive, active, and happy. It has instructions for how to reactivate it from the dried state and then how to maintain it once it’s active.
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There’s also a welcoming note that explains what sourdough is and where this particular starter is coming from—so it says it’s from New York state, it’s been fed with regional rye, whole wheat flour, and well-water. It also asks that if they share it, they consider letting us know so that we can continue to map it. Yes, it’s been the If You Don’t Believe They Have Souls Shirt besides I will buy this last two weeks straight. I’m exhausted, but then I’m like—wait. Everyone else in the world is too. It feels like a total gift to me though. To help as many people as I can learn how to bake bread or be able to bake bread. I didn’t imagine this project would become basically this full-time gig when I made this quick easy suggestion on my Instagram. But really it does fit in line with my larger ambitions of just encouraging the awareness of how vital it is to value our niche food systems, and also to consider how estranged we are from the process of making and feeding ourselves.