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CISA’s Field Notes is a live storytelling event celebrating the many ways local food and farming leave their mark on our lives and in our communities. We’re back for a 5th show on Sunday March 10th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, and we’re looking for storytellers!
All Field Notes stories are true tales from community members like you about personal experiences with local food and farming. This year we’re also introducing a theme: “In The Weeds.” Do you have a story about growing, cooking, or eating local food where you found yourself “in the weeds”? What happened next?
Pitch us your story idea today, and you might be chosen to tell it at the upcoming show! See how at the bottom of this page.
Food is a part of all of our lives. Whether you’re a farmer, chef, service worker, gardener, food activist, passionate home cook, or anyone else with a story to share about local food or farming, this event is for you.
Never been on stage before? That’s okay, we’ll help you get there. All performers will have the opportunity to workshop their stories and performance with a professional storytelling coach.
Any story related to local food or farming and the theme “In The Weeds” will be considered. It should be a true tale based on your real-life experience – think anecdote from a memoir, not op-ed. Final stories will be around five minutes.
Previous stories have included a single mother facing food insecurity whose life was changed by a farm share, love at first spice, fried green tomato hornworms, and much more. See all past Field Notes stories here.
Past storytellers have described their Field Notes experiences as “thrilling,” “terrifying,” “exceptional,” and “oh so worth the effort.” It’s a great opportunity to grow your performance skills and confidence with public speaking and get to know fellow storytellers from all walks of life.
Take it from past storytellers themselves
“Field Notes was a wonderful experience and really helped grow my confidence in public speaking. It was really great to work towards a goal with a fun group of people. To farmers, I say go for it! It was totally doable.” (Kerry Taylor, Brookfield Farm. See her story)
“I’m very happy I worked through my fear and was able to tell people who I’ve become today. When I go out in the food truck, people recognize me from Field Notes, and it makes me happy that a piece of my story touched their heart.” (Supicha Hillenbrand, Thai Chili Food Truck. See her story)
“Don’t overthink it, just do it. People want to hear your story and you’re the only one that can tell it. It’s fun, challenging, exhilarating, life changing, confidence building, educational, uncomfortable at times, and entertaining…and that’s just at the first workshop. You rock and your story will too!” (Bruce Hopper, Pure BS Maple Shack. See his story)
The final deadline for pitches is Friday January 12th. The sooner you pitch the better! That gives us more time to consider your story and even help you improve your pitch. We will notify you if your story was chosen soon after.
There are two options for pitching:
Your pitch should be brief, but give a sense of your full story. It’s not just a teaser! Try to share a few sentences about each of these things:
Trust your gut, and ask friends for advice! The best stories make you feel an emotion in your body while telling it, and they capture others’ attention and make them feel something too.
We can’t wait to hear your stories. This is going to be FUN!