Jacob's Garden

At A Glance


Adam Weinert


Becket, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Living Economies
  • Land & Water

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Our Purpose

Acclaimed dancers, researchers and gardeners Adam Weinert and Brett Perry announce the launch of their new project, Jacob’s Garden, a working farm, a living archive, and a participatory piece of choreography on the historic campus of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Beckett, Massachusetts.  Agriculture was at one point central to life at Jacob’s Pillow. At the core of Pillow founder Ted Shawn’s vision as outlined in The American Ballet (1926), is a relationship to the land. He wanted his dancers and students in training to be outdoors, live away from the city, and eat a carefully considered, simple and nutritious diet. To him, “the more sincerely a dancer is an artist, they would insist upon simple and natural food.” This seed-to-stage approach lay the foundation for what would become the most enduring dance festival this country has ever seen. Jacob’s Garden honors this tradition by renewing the practice of agriculture at Jacob’s Pillow and bringing a 1.5-acre parcel of land back into cultivation.  The mixed fruit, vegetable, and flower production will provide nourishment to the pillow community and offer a unique way for Pillow residents, dancers and visitors to connect and learn about the multiple histories that exist on this land while pointing towards a more sustainable future.