Urban Seed Stewardship Training Application
Reclaim Seed NYC's Urban Seed Stewardship Training will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to become urban seed stewards in their community or home gardens. Participants will seed a community of change within their gardens by envisioning a decolonized relationship to seed, build their urban seedkeeping practice, understanding the botany and horticulture skills applied in seed saving, developing planting plans for seed saving from sowing to storage, participate in networks of seed exchange with other urban growers, while honoring the stories that seed carry.

We will explore the history of seed in New York City from pre-colonization to our current industrialized food system, honor our seeds and elevate the ancestors who have passed them down to us. Participants will explore the history of consolidation and control of seed, the importance of stewarding regionally and culturally significant seed, how to build and contribute to resilience and resistance movements in their community gardens, and how to make informed choices around sourcing seed. All workshops will include the exploration of socioeconomic and political factors that have historically influenced seedkeeping and foodways. Skill-building and storytelling as educational practice and community building will be included as well.

Applications are open until Monday, March 16th at 5:00 pm! Space is limited.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the deadline. As with other GreenThumb trainings, this training is free of charge.

This training is reserved for members of GreenThumb community gardens. We encourage gardeners to apply with another member from their garden. Preference will be given to gardeners who are able to attend all sessions.

Time Commitment and Dates:
Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6:00 - 8:30 p.m.)
April 29 & 30: What is your relationship to seed?
June 24 & 25: What is your relationship to seed?
August 12 & 13: How do seeds tell stories?
September 23 & 24: Plan + Process of Seed Saving
October 14 & 15: Building our NYC Seed Networks

Location will be provided to participants and will take place in Manhattan, Central Brooklyn, and The Bronx.

Reclaim Seed NYC is an urban seed initiative rooted in education and community. The project stewards community-sustained seed for the commons, while educating and organizing for seed and food sovereignty. Reclaim Seed NYC reconnects people to their foodways through history, education, and seed.
Find us on Instagram @reclaimseednyc
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