Creative Ecologies & Collaborations

COVID-19
Community Engagement
at a distance

Open Air Arts Initiative
Creative Trail Prompts

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 prompts offers ideas on how to recognize then translate movement through creative acts.

Blue Hill Public Garden

Join us Saturday mornings through the 2020 growing season from 9-11am at the new Public Garden on Tenney Hill for knowledge sharing sessions as we cultivate the land. We are developing materials to educate on how to save seeds while harvesting produce to distribute freely to our neighbors in need around the peninsula. Please wear a face mask, bring your own tools and maintain the required six foot distance as we work together to cultivate land & community.

In collaboration with the Blue Hill Garden Club, Downeast Gleaning Initiative, Magic Food Bus & the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, we are working to increase food security during the shutdown and through the rest of the year as our community faces unfolding food in-security. Seed to seed education will be offered in both the new public garden in the town of Blue Hill and the community garden at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Both gardens will be producing food for free distribution to those in greatest need. If it is not in your best interest to gather on Saturdays, there will be information posted on seed saving at both the public garden and the community garden behind the Trust offices.

The SEED Barn is acting as a depository for seedlings donated to the Public Garden & the Blue Hill Heritage Trust Community Garden.
Contact free drop off on the porch of the SEED Barn.
53 Falls Bridge Road in Blue Hill
Excess seedlings will be distributed with seed saving instructions through the Magic Food Bus. SEEDS are available for those inclined to ‘grow a row’ for our neighbors in greatest need!

The SEED Barn is open!
Bring a picnic to enjoy while overlooking Conary Cove.
Garden tours by appointment
e’mail: lee-lee <a> virtualvoices.org

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.

Colonial Medicine Chests & Tea Gardens at the Pendleton House

SEED Fieldworks

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. Currently we are exploring historic connections between Maine and Haiti through a series of installations, workshops and performances.
We are interested in counterpractices that push against industrial agriculture and hybrid seeds.

‘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 which is being 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