Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Earth Optimism/ What Stories Will Your Seeds Share?

When you plant a seed in the soil, you're burying a time capsule filled with generations of wisdom and hope for the future. People, in diverse areas of our mother earth, have been saving and sharing seeds for generations in order to foster agricultural diversity, ensure food availability and nurture cultural traditions. Today, nearly 98% of all these food crops have gone extinct and one major reason is because many people no longer save seeds. Yet, right now, there is a growing movement connecting community-based seed saving to climate resilience, food justice, and cultural vitality. 

In this, SeedBroadcast promotes seed saving through agri-Culture and Seed Stories.

SeedBroadcast is honored to be invited to Earth Optimism as part of the Smithsonian's Folk Life Festival. We will be sharing our passion for animating community dialogue and action around Food Sovereignty through the caring and nurturing of our traditional seeds.

SeedBroadcast was initiated by Jeanette Hart-Mann and Chrissie Orr in 2001. Jeanette and Chrissie will be joined by Kaitlyn Bryson, who works in the area of art, mycology and environmental justice, and David Gallegos, an aids and environmental/ social justice activist.

We invite you to join us for a participatory sharing of seed stories and surprise actions.

 We want to thank Nate Kleinman Co-Founder of the The Experimental Farm Network, Bonnetta Adeeb of Ujaama Cooperative Farming Alliance and Steam Onward, and Reana Kovalcik of Share a Seed for sharing their wisdom and for collaborating with us to unsure that our actions are resilient and change-making.

July 2nd and 3rd: Reana will be joining us to activate a Planting Station and a Seed Swop.

June 24th 1pm-2pm: SeedBroadcast will be in Seed Story / Seed Saving dialogue with surprise guests

July 3rd 2pm-3pm: SeedBroadcast will be in Seed Story / Seed Saving dialogue with Kaitlyn Bryson and Reana Kovalcik.

Festival Dates: June 22-June 27 and June 30-July 4

Location: On the National Mall between Seventh Street and 12th Street

Daytime Programming: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. View daily schedule

Evening Programming: Starts shortly after daytime programming ends, typically 6:30 p.m. View evening events schedule

We look forward to seeing you there.

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