Creative Ecologies & Collaborations

Maps

Bagaduce Watershed
Collaborative map offering guidance on how to tend restored fish passages that support shared resources offered by the sea.

Surry Forest
Interactive map exploring the many layered forest restoration of a tract of heavily forested land.

Furth Wildlife Sancturary
With a focus on the way non-human species MOVE through the landscape, this interactive map invites the public to get OUTSIDE and create in nature!
A series of virtual prompts offers ideas on how to recognize then translate movement through creative acts.

SEED Saving Cards

Distributed with produce from the Blue Hill Public Garden, Magic Food Bus, Blue Hill Heritage Trust & the Halcyon Grange Produce Exchange, these cards invite the community to practice heirloom seed saving. In response to the seed scarcity experienced at the beginning of the pandemic this spring, and looking forward to expected food scarcity this winter, we hope to build a public access community SEED library housed at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust offices.

SEED :: disperse

The SEED Barn | Maine

Demonstration gardens, craft, Native & Heirloom seed libraries, fine art installations, Sensorium, localvore feasts, platform for socially engaged artworks & artist residencies.

SEED Fieldworks

Mowing to Support Wildlife

A recent afternoon at the Tapley Farm in Brooksville explores how mowing practices can support wildlife in Maine’s meadows. In collaboration with the Open Air Arts Initiative and the Tent Project, we gathered to consider how to tend meadow spaces in ways that will support wildlife. Featuring an artist talk by Carol Gregor about the history of sacred geometry and how it has informed her creative process as an architect. Participants are invited to walk through the meadow to the Tapley Farm Labyrinth to meditate on our relationship with the land in an open meadow context. Explorations and observations of the wet meadow ecology led to conversations on maintaining meadows to support wildlife and helped us understand how to tend meadows to support birds and pollinators.

Read more about our discoveries here

Plant Mobilities

Colonial Medicine Chests & Tea Gardens at the Pendleton House

The SEED Barn was crafted by boat builder, John Cheever in 1835. Here it is seen with a schooner under construction in mulatamicuwon, now known as Conary Cove
Blue Hill Falls, Maine

SEED :: Haiti

An ongoing collaboration since the 2013 Ghetto Biennial cultivating food sovereignty, sacred/medicinal plant relationships and re-wilding efforts.

‘Lambi-peau‘, symbol of freedom painted in jardin Katelyn Alexis during the 2017 Ghetto biennial. The shells were installed as circles around new plantings of Moringa trees.

.debris.

.debris. is an international, collaborative project created as a response to the issues surrounding single use plastic. The work reflects the literal problem of plastic in marine environments while offering a symbolic representation of the chemical body burdens carried by wildlife and humans alike. In presenting these issues, we are asked to consider misplaced notions of “disposability” calling in to question consumer driven waste which has devalued what is in fact a very important material.

.debris. installed at the Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark during the 10th anniversary of the Cosmobilities conference,
Networked Urban Mobilities

The Taos Distillery

The Taos Distillery is an historic adobe which housed a bootleg operation during prohibition. The moonshine supplied the speakeasy in the back of the Taos Inn run by Vincente Mares, who tended this land at that time. We think of it now as a place for the distillation of ideas and restorative acts as we explore how to cultivate the desert through a combination of ancient practices and emergent technologies. SEED to table, hugelCULTURE, Acequias, and native plant restoration are all themes that have been explored on this platform. Our newest venture is hosting storytellers who explore our relationship with the land. Storytellers from across disciplines are invited to apply for a residency to learn from the ancient ways of cultivating dry ecologies and share ideas on how to reverse desertification, restore ecologies and preserve traditional practices.

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The Taos Distillery
Upper deck over the kitchen has views of Taos mountain