Honey Jones-Hughes

image: a scoop of strawberry and elderflower sorbet. Both the strawberries and the elderflower came from near the Oude Maas, a 50 minute cycle from the kitchen where we were making the ice cream. The sugar is from sugarbeets farmed and refined in the same area, a little further down the river in Puttershoek. The water is filtered by the municipality from the river next to the kitchen at Paviljoen... aan het Water

image: bakfiets + Antonio on the way to the farm Hoeve Ackerdijk. Hoeve Ackerdijk is around a 45 minute cycle from the kitchen where we were making the ice cream.


In collaboration with Antonio de la Hera, BUURTIJS focused on mapping the production, processing and distribution of edible produce within and surrounding the city of Rotterdam. It evolved from a self-imposed challenge to make ice cream using only ingredients collected directly from the source, by bike. Out of this challenge, a body of research related to our surrounding agricultural sector emerged, tracking attempts to locate the most ethical producers, defining what it is exactly that makes them ethical, with questions on 'locality', scale, and food production. Working together through thoughts of sustainability, local resources, and regenerative agriculture. 

image: our third-hand, revamped cargo bike from which fresh, local and organic ice cream is transported and sold with a story. Here the bike is stationed outside the studio of a local beekeeper, who gave us some honey for these flavours. The beehives are about 20 minutes cycling from our kitchen. The nuts are from trees that grow on the pasture the cows graze on, around 45 minutes away.

image: cows grazing at Hoeve Ackerdijk, our local organic dairy farm managed by farmer Bas and his family, who have been here for 600 years. 

image: Screengrab of BUURTIJS interactive online archive coded with P5.JS. Hand-drawn and digitally scanned drawing, mapping the decisions made and questions raised during the BUURTIJS project.

image: Screengrab of BUURTIJS interactive online archive coded with P5.JS. Hand-drawn and digitally scanned drawing, mapping the decisions made and questions raised during the BUURTIJS project.

To view the BUURTIJS archive (a work in progress online platform!) please visit: 

http://www.buurtijs.eu/

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