Planting Seeds to Build Community
Join the Penn State Extension Philadelphia Master Gardeners for a Grower's Series presentation and discussion around cultural and crop diversity in Philadelphia gardens. Co-facilitated by Owen Taylor, founder and director of Truelove Seeds, & Chris Bolden-Newsome, one of the co-directors of Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden, the workshop will provide space for participants to explore together the historically and culturally relevant crops of our many overlapping communities. Learn about the stories seeds can tell about ancestry, community, and justice and share your own seeds and/or stories with other program participants.
About Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden: Sankofa Community Farm works to learn, teach, and promote self-reliance using the tools of the deep African Diaspora culture of Southwest Philadelphia.
About Truelove Seeds: Truelove Seeds is a seed company offering rare, open pollinated, and culturally important vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Our seeds are grown by more than 20 small-scale urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. This collaboration is an opportunity for growers to share their own seeds and stories and to bring in extra financial support for their food sovereignty and agroecological projects. In Philadelphia in particular, growers from five farms have regularly gathered to focus on developing our seed keeping practices as a way to build up our communities. For stories of seeds and the growers who tend to them, see seedkeeping.tumblr.com or follow @seedkeeping. Keeping SEEDS is an act of TRUELOVE for our ANCESTORS and our collective FUTURE!
Urban gardeners, farmers, growers, and eaters.
Learn and share about cultural and crop diversity in Philadelphia Urban Gardens and about the stories that seeds can tell us about race, class, love, beauty, and sharing
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