Introducing Seed as idea: A Seed Library

Introducing Seed as Idea: a seed library (with Amaranth seeds from the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute), developed by The Luminary residents Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas and local artist Margaret Keller. Seeds are now available for free pickup at our shop during open hours!

Stay tuned for future workshops, talks, and other events that engage the work.

“The seed library distributes culturally significant, non-patented seeds for selected species of plants. The species are selected for their symbolic, historical, and cultural value. In the face of ongoing threats by corporate monocropping against the diversity of life, distributing seeds and disseminating the knowledge of how to grow them, and their cultural history is a concrete statement of opposition to a form of life that has become unquestionable. Distributing specific seeds is a small act of opposition that is simultaneously an affirmation of life.

The seeds are packaged within envelopes holding brief information about their planting, and a poetic suggestion about why it is important to do so. The first seed we are distributing is Golden Amaranth, a species native to Guatemala that adapts very well across the Americas. We have sourced the amaranth seeds from El Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura – IMAP). As part of the library, we propose a series of talks and education by experts and artists/poets to build public awareness of the “how” as well as the “why” growing a diversity of seeds is important. As the project develops, we will add seeds to distribute, and organize more talks/education with experts/historians/agriculturists/artists/poets who develop awareness around specific plants and their cultural/historical/symbolic importance, and role of opposition to corporate monocrops. IMAP will hold a discussion about its work to grow and share native amaranth. The center researches and disseminates the history, nutritional properties, how to grow it, and how to cook it, thus, we are furthering their mission. Potential programming may include talks, classes, workshops, poetry reading, meals, etc."

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