Focusing on the idea that we are maintaining a network of living seed libraries around the Blue Hill peninsula, much of our work is in the field. These follow Seasonal Rhythms to learn in depth about creative stewardship practices we are cultivating as a community restoration framework.
After the granite structure of the alewife fish ladder was completed by the Penobscot Alewife Committee, we had the opportunity to establish native plants found in the local river and lakeshore plant communities to establish a cornerstone SEED library to use in the upcoming opening of three additional fish ladders. We are thinking about the movement of fish between the sea and fresh water ponds and the wildlife community that thrives from this migration through our local waterways.
The Pendleton House was originally inhabited by sailors during their time ashore. We are thinking about the movement of plants that were considered important enough by early European settlers to include in their ‘medicine chests’ that were brought here and cultivated alongside their food in the earliest gardens here. The Harbor House Cafe and Tea Room now occupies the first floor. We are establishing a collection of herbal teas and culinary herbs and will be setting up a SEED library of these plants that will be available to the public.
2019 Blue Hill Maritime Festival: Sea Shanteys & SEED Stories
The gardens also provide a platform to look at the foundations of a mobilities centered culture that were laid in place by early settlers.
SEED to SEED
We are establishing a library of heirloom seeds housed at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, ensuring public access to the collection over the long term. Creative tools for public participation are being developed alongside regionally specific curriculum that includes native foodways, herbs and heirloom vegetables and fruits. In 2020, we are hosting a series of 2nd Sunday luncheons to develop these tools as a community.