Driving across Wisconsin, Harvestore® silos dot the Wisconsin horizon. The iconic blue silos were the ultimate vertical vessel for fermented silage (animal feed) used on dairy farms. Made in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by A.O. Smith, the silos became a symbol of progressive farm practices. From 1949 until 1984, 75,000 Harvestores sprung up across North America until sales bottomed-out. Small farms struggled, the silo unloaders malfunctioned then feed storage went horizontal (ag-bags and covered piles) as preferred by 21st century industrial farms. The Harvestore went from state-of-the-art to relic.
In collaboration with Worm Farm Institute, we designed a bandshell to be made of salvaged Harvestore® parts for Fermentation Fest October 2014. An Indie Go Go campaign raised $6,500 to purchase parts, hardware, lumber, and supplies. The bandshell stage hosted a number of scheduled and impromptu performances including J. Shimon and colleagues (see below).
View the We Go From Where We Know improvisational performance on YouTube
Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Review 10.17.2014 by Mary Louise Schumacher
Hear Wisconsin Public Radio 7.31.2014 segment by Patty Murray
View Indie Go Go Havestore Bandshell Campaign Archived Post
Read about Fermentation Fest