Launching a movement!
Rarely in life do you exceed your expectations and the launch of the Community Seed Bank (CSB), otherwise known as the little red barn, was one of those occasions. In the planning stages for years, the seed bank and the adjoining farm infrastructure came together with a flurry of activity the last two months. I did not plan to build the farm enclosure, opting to hire someone to do it, but in the end sometimes doing it yourself is the best way, albeit you have to build it.
This CSB, modeled loosely on the Little Free Library movement, the little red barn is focused on seeds, soil and community. Community gardens across the country could use these to promote their gardens, bring the community together and provide a valuable resource to the community. In the week since the launch, it has already worked its magic, bringing together people in the community, those passing through on a walk or even the millennial Uber driver, Davi, who stopped to chat, leaving her car loosely parked on the side of the road.
“Can I take a film photo?” she said as she pulled out a camera with film, yes, that stuff we use to use for all photographs. I said, “Yes, of course…are you a photographer?” I asked. She said yes, she likes to use film sometimes and carries around a film camera in her car. She snapped a couple of photos, took some seeds using the seed board to spread them out and divide them into their individual packets and wrote down the type of seed. It is these encounters that continued as I met more and more members of the community with only one week gone by.
I hope to offer these seed banks as affordable ways for small and large farms, community gardens, passionate seed saver or other urban garden connoisseurs a way to engage with their community, bring people together, offer seeds for swapping and bring life back to ones community. Maybe a couple of designs can be offered with accessories to boot, even complete with Seeds to stock the bank and begin the process. The possibilities are endless . . . so now it is back to the past, and in so doing preserving our future
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A few months ago, my housemate Jillian ran into your seed farm, and got some heirloom tomato plants from you. She planted them in my garden in a July, and just wanted to share that the tomatoes are growing gangbusters! Thank you, I wanted to send you some pics of the harvest so far, and ask more questions about care, given they have grown so much!
My children and I have enjoyed some delicious bruschetta with these home grown tomatoes and herbs! This has inspired me to join the Urban Farm Tour this past weekend, and expand the garden, but I have a lot more to learn…
Thanks Cindy! I am glad you guys were able to getting the plants to grow well. I hope you had a good harvest. Hope to see you guys again at the seed bank in 2021.