Seasonal Rhythms offer a foundation around which we cultivate engagement with the land.
From sowing wildflower seeds in the winter, grasses in the spring through the harvest of fruit in the fall, we follow the seasonal rhythms to learn about, and share dawnland ecology. Gardens at the SEED Barn are maintained as a platform for education. Fieldworks bring seeds out into the community to engage the public around restoration of our shared lands. Practicing at the intersection of art and ecology, we dream up ways to interact creatively and proactively with the landscape.
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Sow Dry Seed
The Penobscot name of the great creator translates literally into ‘dry seed’. For this reason, we start the yearly cycle of community engagement with sowing wildflower seeds in the dead of winter.
SEED the Untold Story at the Halcyon Grange
Winter is the time for storytelling and we like to participate in educational workshops during these quiet months of dormancy.
A Blank Canvas
The story of the SEED Barn starts with a simple hole, dug for the foundation of our greenhouse in March of 2016.
Construction methods integrate fluid design in the terraced beds structured as a buttress for our Greenhouse aquaponics system installed March 2017.
Quiet Stirrings of Spring
Spring arrives late in Maine, which calls for a slower transition into the warm season
Early Spring Emergence
Native plants emerge quietly and with some close attention we can see how they are bolstering themselves to burst forth as the season warms.
Make way for SEEDlings
April marks the time we clear out the produce we’ve grown in the greenhouse all winter and replace them with seedlings that will provide nourishment in outdoor gardens through the warm season.
Fieldwork: Bagaduce Alewife Festival
May is the time of year that Alewives migrate from the sea up into freshwater ponds to spawn. To celebrate the completion of the Alewife fish ladder into Pierce Pond, we help host SEED restoration engagements during the spring festival.
Fieldwork: ¡Pollinate! Artsweek at GSA
Sculpture woven through staghorn sumac offers a creative platform for learning about pollinator homes.
Preserving the Barn
In order to be saved, the SEED barn needed a new foundation. We used the earth that had been dug out of the footing to build the foundation of a new garden focused on native plants.
HugelCULTURE demonstrations at the SEED Barn
We offer a yearly tour of the gardens to the members of the Blue Hill Garden Club so that they may see the process of restoration over the course of years.
birdSEED: Explore! Outdoors
In collaboration with the Blue Hill Public Library, the Blue Hill Heritage Trust & Downeast Audubon, this meadow workshop at the SEED Barn shared ideas on sculpting habitat for seed dispersers.
Meadow Mandala at the SEED Barn
2019 Open Air Arts Initiative collaboration where we created a mandala in the wet meadow while exploring ways to improve habitat by broadening perceptions of ‘home’ to include the outdoor spaces surrounding us.
‘Yarding’ workshop with Downeast Audubon
Master gardener & leader of the Downeast chapter of Maine Audubon offers insight into her transformation of a golf course into a layered habitat haven for birds and pollinators.
Shinrin Yoku in Acadia with the Sierra Club Maine
The practice of Shinrin Yoku, or ‘forest bathing’ inspired haiku of the season by grandpa.