It began in 2012, with a cross-country tour of seed libraries, from New Mexico to Vermont. Hosting public events with these seedy partners, as well as at farmers’ markets, community gardens, and with arts organizations, the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station gathered seed stories via audio interviews and broadcast these along with seed sovereignty materials through the mobile van and the internet.
The Broadcasting Station houses several multi-media systems for playing seed stories in the public: exterior speakers, interior tablets, and video monitors. It also has an interactive bulletin board and copy center, which people can use to collect seed information to take home. The bulletin board also acts as a display area where participants can post drawings, writings, thoughts, and pictures of their own. A library of books is available about seed saving, agri-culture, and seed freedom for everyone to use. Seeds from Fodder Project Collaborative Research Farm are on display for people to look at, touch, and listen to. Occasionally there are seeds to share too.
What are Seed Stories?
Seed Stories are the grassroot voices of courage, desire, memory, and dreams. They speak towards the complex relationships between people, seeds, food, ecology, and agency. They are as diverse as the places that nourish them and the people that breath life into them. Seed stories are stories of knowledge, ideas, and actions, as well as histories and thoughts toward the future. There are many, many seed stories and everyone has one. We all eat.
This video, Letter From a SeedBroadcaster, is a production component of the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station, exploring the concept of Seed Stories and the space of community action, seed sharing, and dreams to keep people-based food-webs viable and dynamic. Check it out!
What is SeedBroadcast?
SeedBroadcast is a generative project exploring grassroots food and seed sovereignty through collective inquiries and hands-‐on creative practices. Throughout the year, we initiate community projects to examine critical issues surrounding seed and food sovereignty, visit local farms and gardens to experience what is happening first hand in the field, and engage in creative strategies to dig deeper into the real, often unheard, stories of local agriculture. SeedBroadcast believes that local communities hold a genius of place that nourishes the core of sustenance. We seek to reveal this innovative knowledge, while pollinating creative practices, which animate the saving and growing of local seeds, to provide an avenue for the revitalization of localized, sovereign, food sources.
Who is SeedBroadcast?
SeedBroadcast moves between being a collective body of individuals and a multi-‐ faceted project in performative action. It was initiated in 2011, at the Compartiendo Semillas, Sembrando el Futuro, Seed Exchange, in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Since then, it has brought together diverse groups of participants in New Mexico and across the country, at gardens, farms, libraries, museums, and community events, to activate the reflection and sharing of local land-‐based stories and seed saving resources. Artists, Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr are founding members of this collective and are the current animators of SeedBroadcast and the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station.
Construction of the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station by these amazing folks: Nina Dubois - Artist, Urban Farmer, and Tour Broadcaster
Nacho and Clifford Gonzales - Mechanical Revitalization
Joshua Hart - Expert Carpenter and Warped Plywood Whisperer
Jeanette Hart-Mann - Artist, Farmer, Seed Broadcaster, and Broadcast Instigator
Bill Mann - Farmer, DIY Photovoltaic Engineer and Installer, and jack-of-all-trades
Colie Touzel - FodderPCR Farm intern and Retrofit helper
The following is a list of organizations and individuals who have partnered up with SeedBroadcast and the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station to host events and conduct creative projects:
516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
ABC Seed Library, Albuquerque, NM
Adrienne O'Brien, Las,Vegas, NM
Art and Ecology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque BioPark, Albuquerque, NM
Armand Saiia, Ribera, NM
ASU Art Museum, Pheonix, AZ
Barbara Ewing, Mineral Hill, NM
Bill Mann, Anton Chico, NM
Cathy Kahn, Las Vegas, NM
Cindy McCleod, Mineral Hill, NM
Capital City Farmers' Market, Montpelier, VT
City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Clarinda Loewen, Montezuma, NM
Conserving Arkansas' Agricultural Heritage (CAAH!), Conway, AR
Compartiendo Semillas, Sembrando el Futuro, Las Vegas, NM
Compartiendo Semillas en Anton Chico, Anton Chico, NM
Creative Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
Desert Initiative, Phoenix, AZ
Dixon Elementary Classes, Dixon, NM
Dragon Farms, Albuquerque, NM
Du Quoin Public Library and Seed Library, Du Quoin, IL
Fodder Project Collaborative Research Farm, Anton Chico, NM
Guild Theater, Albuquerque, NM
Homegrown New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Hudson Valley Seed Library, Accord, NY
In Seeds We Trust, Tempe, AZ
International Symposium on Electronic Art, Albuquerque, NM
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and Seed Library, Chicago, IL
Land Arts of the American West, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
Lucille Joseph, Guadalupita, NM
Mancos Seed Library, Mancos, CO
Manitou Springs Public Library and Seed Library, Manitou Springs, CO
Montezuma School to Farm Project, Dolores, CO
Mora Grows Seed Library, Mora, NM
Native Seed/SEARCH, Tucson, AZ
One 20 Farm, Columbus, OH
Pima Seed Library, Tucson, AZ
Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
Ralph Laumbach, Romeroville, NM
Ridgway Seed Library, Ridgeway, CO
Rutland Public Library and Seed Library, Rutland, VT
Seed 4, Taos, NM
SEEDS: A Collective Voice, Albuquerque, NM
Seed Savers Exchange, Decorah, IA
Susanne Coffey, Mineral Hill, NM
South Valley Academy, Albuquerque, NM
Southwest Institue for ResiLience (SWIRL), Telluride, CO
Telluride Institute, Telluride, CO
Telluride MountainFilm, Telluride, CO
Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
Tewa Women United, Pojoaque, NM
The Exubernauts, Iowa City, IA
Tri-County Farmers Market, Las Vegas, NM
University of New Mexico Sustainability Program
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT
Westcliff Seed Library, Westcliff, CO
Funding and Awards
In 2013, the Center for Southwest Culture, became our fiscal sponsor, and SeedBroadcast received a grant from the Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation and the McCune Charitable Foundation.
In 2014, Littleglobe became our fiscal sponsor and SeedBroadcast received a grant from the Kindle Project Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation.