SEED Haiti grew out of participation in four iterations of the Ghetto Biennial. Every two years, international artists arrived for a month to collaborate with members of the Atis Rezistans along the Grand Rue in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Our work began by sitting with grandmothers as they prepared community meals. We started saving seeds from the different ingredients and tried a myriad of approaches to cultivating the densely populated neighborhoods. Ultimately we learned that we could indeed cultivate a food forest. The upper canopy is made up of Moringa, Maya nut and fruit trees, vines consist of squash vines and yam, and the flora level consists of microgardens full of endemic medicinal plants.

current work

Food Forests

After nearly a decade of experimenting with what will grow in the dense neighborhoods along the Grand Rue in central Port-Au-Prince, we see that trees like moringa, maya nut and an assortment of fruit take up small footprints and offer nourishment and shade. Vines can grow across rooftops, offering green insulation against the heat. Microgardens of endemic medicinal plants are tended in corners as the base level of an extraordinary act of preservation in this urban ecosystem.

how we got here: ghetto biennial

Restoration Liberation: Mountains Beyond Mountains
2019 Ghetto Biennial

SEED :: disperse
2017 Ghetto Biennial

Sacred Soil: Gardens of the Grand Rue
2015 Ghetto Biennial | Awarded 1st place for foreign artists

2014 Narrative | Tchaka: Exploring collisions between Haitian food sovereignty & US food policy | Presented to the Society of Caribbean Studies, University of Glasgow

Nourish: Grandmother Recipes
2013 Ghetto Biennial

plant mobilities: (neo)colonialisms

Sea Shanties & SEED Stories: Initiation of the Pendleton House Gardens at the first annual Blue Hill Maritime Heritage Festival, Maine

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