Earthly Joy Through Foodways: A Good Taste in Pandemic Gardening

Minglei Zhang (Penn State Harrisburg)

In the time of fear and uncertainty, pandemic gardening as a critical practice enables access to self-growing food and brings joyful experiences to people when combating discomfort and stress at home. Engaging the oral history project of comfort foodways conducted by the Center of Food and Culture, I focus on studying key themes that emerged through ethnographic narratives surrounding divergent gardening practices. Furthermore, I discuss the recontextualization of comfort in revitalizing gardening practices at home during the pandemic and their interconnections with re-embodiment and the shared experience of indigeneity.

Part of 36-06 Comfort Foodways During the COVID-19 Pandemic , Wednesday, October 20, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm