Somalis and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Saturday I attended the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival where I watched the premiere of the documentary, “There is My Home: Somali Bantu Farmers of Lewiston, Maine” (see the Lane Island Films link on the film).   Somali women grow produce for Fresh Start Farms, and drive to Whole Foods and other farmers’ markets in Southern Maine, as well as participate in local community supported agriculture (CSA) programs.

Information on CSAs can be found at Local Harvest, Maine Organic Farmers & Growers Association, the Maine Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In addition, the USM Libraries subscribes to Agricola, an index of  materials from the National Agriculture Library (search for “community supported agriculture”  instead of “CSA” to avoid getting irrelevant hits); also don’t forget ScienceDirect or Business Source Complete for additional articles on CSAs!

Posted by on April 4th, 2011 Comments Off

!Women Art Revolution


Women Art Revolution is a collection from Stanford University covers the feminist art movement in the 1970s. Included here are interview videos and transcripts the filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has had with the individuals who challenged the art establishment. Also available are biographies of the interviewees, which include Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, and many more. Each artist biography also includes a bibliography of other resources both on the artist and feminist studies in general. This is a fascinating collection and from this collection a full length feature documentary about this topic will be released this year.


Posted by on March 29th, 2010 Comments Off

Cultural Compass at the Harry Ransom Center


The Cultural Compass at the Harry Ransom Center is a blog that covers the topics of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts as they relate to the events, collections, conservation, and more from the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. The collection contains many interesting items such as audio of Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Ernest Lehman developing the storyline for what would be Hitchcock’s last film, Family Plot (1976) and the set design for the boathouse in Rebecca. The blog highlights these and many more items from the collection. So if you are interested in film and other performing arts you might want to subscribe to this blog.


Posted by on March 1st, 2010 Comments Off

Film Literature Index

Are you looking for articles about film and television productions? Need a source that delves into the the nature of sex in Streetcar Named Desire? Then be sure to try the Film Literature Index from the Indiana University, which covers over 150 film and television journals along with 200 other periodicals with articles on film and television. The index covers the range of articles from popular to scholarly from 1976 to 2001 with over 700,000 citations included. To search for articles one may search by keyword, production title, subject, or even particular persons in film and television. This index is something you will want to bookmark for later use.


Posted by on November 9th, 2009 Comments Off