The SEED Barn was constructed in 1835 by shipbuilder, John Cheever near the first settler landing spot in the area. Europeans recognized potential for hydro-power provided by the tidal falls into and out of the salt pond. Starting in 2016, we saved the barn by pouring a new foundation. The dirt that cam out of the process was used to skirt the property with a berm which became the foundation to the gardens. Preserving the character of the old wood, we added large windows and French doors to increase flow with the gardens that lead to the shoreline along Conary Cove. Today the space hosts a variety of visitors and is committed to restorative practices that are developed by creatives here.
The grounds are located in Mulatamicuwon, the Passamaquoddy name for ‘the place where water flows and sticks to the sand’ in reference to the nearby reversing falls.
| Platform for socially engaged & ecology based artworks |
| Demonstration gardens | Living seed library | Fine art installations |
SEED Sensorium | Localvore feasts | storyteller Residencies
SEED Maine | Fieldworks
After restoration of the fish ladder structure was completed in 2018, we began the process of a community centered restoration of native plants that grow along the land water interface of Maine’s river and lake-shores. Learn how to participate in ongoing stewardship needs & take a guided tour the watershed with the online map.
2022 UPDATE | Pierce Pond Community Restoration published in the Weekly Packet
Mowing to Support Wildlife
A midsummer 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 do not disrupt ecology during the height of the summer. 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 provide food and forage with our non-human neighbors and helped us understand how to discover and develop our own relationships with these outdoor spaces.
Ongoing projects: Maps
Collaborative map offering guidance on how to tend restored fish passages that support shared resources offered by the sea.
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.