seeds are meant to disperse

seeds are meant to disperse
an ongoing project, 2015 –>
[the project formerly known as seeds for the end of the world]

seeds are meant to disperse (2015-ongoing) is an ongoing project where I grow, save and share seeds. Seeds take time to grow, to harvest, to prepare, and to share—an act that I see as gift as much as necessity and survival. As such, the seeds are offered as barter or gift, in an attempt to encourage and support alternative systems of exchange. As the seeds are gifted and grown they are meant to help others begin to build a world different from the trajectory it is currently on.

As an ongoing and forever growing project, I continue to adapt and rethink strategies as the work strives to be more aware of itself: of the ways in which it might help draw attention to food security & sustainability, species diversification, seed copyright, climate change, urban renewal, and anti-capitalist forms of exchange. Seeds are meant to disperse.

Through seeds and their dispersal, seeds are meant to disperse actively thinks about both time and space differently, considering ecological change from the scale of the geologic and political change from the scale of the micro gesture. Preparing seed packs each year to be traded and shared, the project is documented and archived on social media as a way to meet and engage with others interested in plants and alternate forms of exchange. To date, I have received a number of trades for the seed packs including artist books, sculptures, jewelry, photographs, as well as other seeds.
 

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HEX seed packs contain anywhere from 1 or more seeds saved from organically grown produce from my garden*.

If you'd like a seed pack get in touch, they are offered through barter only. Send me your seeds, zine, book, sticker, 7" record, MP3 download, DIY electronic project,  knitted goods, drawing, canned or baked goods**, produce, etc in exchange.

All barters must be mutually agreed upon before exchange can take place.

–>Pictures of my gardening adventures Here<–

* I'm pretty casual in my approach — cross pollination across varieties may occur and seeds are not guaranteed to produce.
**vegan food stuffs only, please

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My seedling starter guide from 2014 (for the Park Hill Community Garden in Denver) is here as a PDF.

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Zine:
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New Zine made for the i believe in living exhibition curated by Ellyn Walker (April-June 2018) is available for trade. Same barter infos apply as above. get in touch if you'd like to make an exchange!

A pdf of the zine is available online here.

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Documentation from the i believe in living exhibition – curated by Ellyn Walker at Untitled Art Society, April 21 – June 30, 2018. All images: Katy Whitt.
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New Zine!
in the garden (one) summer 2018
Available for trade. Same barter infos apply as above. get in touch if you'd like to make an exchange!
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In the Garden [summer 2018].
The In the Garden series consisted of two events where community members were invited to sit in the garden and get to know one another while engaging with plants grown from the seeds for the end of the world project. Together we pressed flowers, made sun prints, documented the garden in water colours, made hand sewn lavender sachets and considered the ways in which plants might help bring us together.

link to invitations.

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New Zine! [Limited edition of 25, each with instruction set and 5 Common Sunflower Seeds – to be planted spring/summer 2020 in & around various neighbourhoods in Edmonton]

Reclaiming the Invisible (2019)
Zine & participatory project made for the Mitchell Art Gallery (Edmonton) for an event I organized as part of the programming for Leanne Olson's exhibition – With all Things Considered. Special thanks to Carolyn Jervis!

Reclaiming the invisible considers waste that is primarily invisible to us, waste that is entrenched in the soil and unidentifiable to the naked eye: contaminates offset from industry and methods of extraction. That we have built our waste management sites outside of daily view is by design and this participatory event wonders how it is that we might see waste differently, and how our relationship to waste might shift if we had some way to see it anew.

Starting with seeds from the seeds for the end of the world seed-saving project (2015, ongoing), participants will consider how hyperaccumulators—plants that have the ability to take up more metals than normal—are utilized in phytoremediation projects to help rid toxins from the earth. Interested in how it is that together we might think through issues of invisible waste, Reclaiming the invisible looks to how plants might help guide us in this effort.

The event is split into two parts: Nicholas Brown will present examples of bioremediation and phytoremediation strategies currently in practice around Edmonton, followed by a participatory action inspired by the event scores of the FLUXUS movement. This action will extend responsibility for land reclamation on to participants, providing them the tools they need to reclaim toxic land in their own neighbourhoods and communities.

Nick Brown is primarily interested in enhancing land reclamation techniques through the application of native plant-microbe interactions. He earned his BSc in Land Reclamation through the University of Alberta, and has developed field and lab experience as a lab technician in grassland and forest ecology. Nick is investigating how we can use native plant species to enhance degradation of hydrocarbons in soils, and is assessing the effects these species and the soils have on the composition and function of soil microbial communities. He is currently pursuing an MSc in Land Reclamation and Remediation from the University of Alberta.

fb event page.

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After the Reclaiming the Invisible event, I wanted to think more deeply about some of the ideas and concerns raised during the evening. A few artists who were at the talk joined me for an evening of thinking and making together – the night is documented here.

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Some interesting articles on the importance of saving seeds and such:
Scientists Add 50,000 Seeds to Arctic Doomsday Vault Because Everything Is Awful
How “open source” seed producers from the US to India are changing global food production – VOX
Saving the seeds : an old technology for a new climate – The Taos News
Preserving Seed Diversity – Food Security/University of Chicago
Salsa Primeval: 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatillo Found
The Nectar Garden: The Importance of Planting a Haven for Pollinators
Bee Plants – Attracting More Bees And Pollinators to Your Garden
Seeding the future? 'Ark' preserves rare, threatened plants
Seed Saving is the Original Sharing Economy
Together we can save the monarch butterfly
Let's get seasonal! [from the Farm Project]
As Climate Change Threatens Food Supplies, Seed Saving is an Ancient Act of Resilience

Other things:
Guerilla Gardening – SEED BOMBS!
You Grow Girl – gardening resources
Seeds of Diversity – resources for saving seeds
The Seed Garden – The Art & Practice of Seed Saving - I've learned so much from this book! published by seed savers exchange.
The Open Source Seed Initiative

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The Seeds (2019 for the summer of 2020*)
Dahlia Flowers – Asteraceae
Radish – various types – Raphanus sativus
Pumpkin (Sugar Pie) – Cucurbita pepo
Morden Yellow Tomatoes (limited) - Solanum lycopersicum
Lettuce Mix (limited) – Lactuca sativa
Rapini – Brassica rapa
Red Hot Pepper – Capsicum annuum
Miscellaneous Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Cayenne Peppers – Capsicum annum
Aster/Larkspur flower mix – Aster + Delphinium
Black Krim Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Yarrow/Mallow/Wild Carrot Flower Mix – Asteraceae / Malvaceae / Daucus
Wild Carrot Flower – Daucus
Yarrow Flower – Asteraceae
Hibiscus – Malvaceae
Red Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Mixed Basil (sweet/thai/red) - Ocimum basilicum
Italian Heirloom Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Yellow Hot Peppers – Capsicum annum
Yellow Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Jalapeño Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Roma Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Serrano Peppers – Capsicum annum
Cilantro – Coriandrum sativum
Red Hot Poker Flower – Kniphofia uvaria
Chives (mix) – Allium tuberosum
Coneflower – Asteraceae
Columbine Flower – Aquilegia
Dill – Anethum graveolens
Long Hot Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Long Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Mustard Greens – Brassica juncea
Buran Peppers – Capsicum annum
Arugula – Eruca sativa
Cantaloupe – Cucumis melo
[*some of these packs also contain seeds saved after the summers of 2016/2017/2018 – see the seed life chart in my seed saving zine for info on seed storing and longevity]

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The Seeds (2018 for the summer of 2019*)
Cayenne Peppers – Capsicum annum
Aster/Larkspur flower mix – Aster + Delphinium
Black Krim Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Yarrow/Mallow/Wild Carrot Flower Mix – Asteraceae / Malvaceae / Daucus
Wild Carrot Flower – Daucus
Mallow Flower – Malvaceae
Yarrow Flower – Asteraceae
Hibiscus – Malvaceae
Mixed Basil (sweet/thai/red) - Ocimum basilicum
Italian Heirloom Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Redfield Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum

Yellow Hot Peppers – Capsicum annum
Yellow Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Jalapeño Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Black Krim Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Roma Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum

Serrano Peppers – Capsicum annum
Cilantro – Coriandrum sativum
Common Sunflower – Helianthus annuus
Red Hot Poker Flower – Kniphofia uvaria
Chives (mix) – Allium tuberosum
Coneflower – Asteraceae
Columbine Flower – Aquilegia
Dill – Anethum graveolens
Long Hot Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Long Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Mustard Greens – Brassica juncea
Habanero Peppers – Capsicum chinense
Buran Peppers – Capsicum annum
Cucumbers (mix) – Cucumis sativus
Arugula – Eruca sativa
Cantaloupe – Cucumis melo
[*some of these packs also contain seeds saved after the summer of 2017]

The Seeds (2017 for the summer of 2018):
Dill – Anethum graveolens
Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Cilantro – Coriandrum sativum
Flowers – various drought tolerant species
Mint – Mentha
Long Hot Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Long Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Sweet Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Hibiscus – Malvaceae
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Mustard Greens – Brassica juncea
Coneflower – Asteraceae
Garlic Chives – Allium tuberosum
Jalapeño Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Black Krim Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Habanero Peppers – Capsicum chinense
Black Hungarian Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Thai Hot Peppers – Capsicum annum
Cayenne Peppers – Capsicum annum
Buran Peppers – Capsicum annum
Hot Pepper Long – Capsicum annum
Cucumbers – Cucumis sativus
Yellow Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Roma Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Arugula – Eruca sativa
Red Basil – Ocimum basilicum
Thai Basil – Ocimum basilicum
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia

The Seeds (2016 for the summer of 2017):
[I was really bad at paying attention to varieties this year!]

Dill – Anethum graveolens
Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Cilantro – Coriandrum sativum
Wildflowers – various drought tolerant species
Mint – Mentha
Long Hot Peppers – Capsicum spp.
Long Sweet Peppers – Capsicum spp.
Watermelon (Sugar Baby) – Citrullus lanatus
Pumpkin (Sugar Pie) – Cucurbita pepo
Hibiscus – Malvaceae
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Mustard Greens – Brassica juncea
Coneflower – Asteraceae
Garlic Chives – Allium tuberosum
Jalapeño Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Black Krim Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Habanero Peppers – Capsicum chinense
Cantaloupe – Cucumis melo

The Seeds (2015):
Dill – Anethum graveolens
Sweet Basil - Ocimum basilicum
Tomatoes – Solanum lycopersicum
Thai Hot Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Serrano Peppers – Capsicum annuum
Cilantro – Coriandrum sativum
Green Husk Tomatillo – Physalis philadelphica
Wildflowers – various drought tolerant species.

seed packs are limited — the varieties available at any given time is dependent on various factors.