They developed two interlocking programs, The Big Back Yard and Reading Room.
â€œThe Big Backyard was based around a hand-built, steel pushcart that we made to collect surplus fruits and vegetables from neighborhood yards, which we gave away fresh or re-distributed in the forms of collective marmalades and fruit butters (â€¦)The Reading Room, located at an storefront space, contextualized the ongoing experience of the Big Backyard through casual contact during open hours, as well as through a series of public events, film screenings and a small resource library. We also invited local artists, historians and others to create projects that overlaid themselves onto Temescal Amity Works in a productive and complicated way, making available our space and resources, including modest re-distributions of our funding.â€
â€œto be a social sculpture that also drew upon historical models of mutual-aid societies, barn-raisings, DIY collectives and urban communism. They were interested in how a specific community built relationships through personal and casual economies.â€
The residents got the surplus fruits and vegetables in a new re-usable form and they learnt about different posibilities of re-use food and sharing.