The Fruta Project

The Fruta Project is a community-building photo and poetry project dedicated to food, culture, identity, and connection.

The idea was born out of several California road trips. Over the years, I stopped to take photos of fruit stands, farms, art murals, and meals along the way. As the photo albums filled up, my stories started spilling out. I had conversations with friends and family about what the pictures meant to me. It brought me closer to people. We talked not only about food, but also about family, identity, struggles, and hopes. There are some pretty amazing people out there, and food plays an intricate role in how we connect to each other. The Fruta Project is a space to preserve and reflect on these connections, as they are happening now.

You can share your story. Photos and words are submitted by artists and community organizers from around the world who want to share how food and culture intersect in their life.

Submission process starts Summer 2013.

Get Ready! We will have ideas and details for submissions closer to the launch. The project may morph and grow as we talk to people, receive submissions, and learn to articulate exactly what we’re hoping for. In the meantime, here’s ways to get started:

    1. Site Launch: Look at the beta-site and provide feedback.
    2. Photos: Start taking photos of food moments in your life. Is there a meal, a spice, a dinner table, a food cart, a fruit stand, a garden, or a person that captures the essence of how food plays an intricate role to define your life, your family, or your culture?
    3. Words:We’ll be accepting quotes, short stories, poems, and spoken word pieces in any language that describes the photo you are submitting.

Questions? email