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People’s Health Sanctuary Seed Swap & Open House

February 11, 2023 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm EST

Where: NATURE Lab 2nd floor, 3319 6th Avenue

Image of two hands (dark-skinned) holding a glass vial and a seed that is beginning to sprout with a blurred background.

Join the People’s Health Sanctuary and Collard City Growers at NATURE Lab for a seed swap and open house to start building towards spring awakening and growth. Learn seed keeping methods from local gardeners, acquire seeds to grow, and bring your own seeds and stories to show and share. We’ll have food to enjoy together, and a kiddo corner for the little ones, and some take-home instruction kits for those of you new to seed-starting. There’s no need to bring seeds or have any knowledge of seed-keeping or gardening to attend–you can also join for company and conversation! We’ll also be joined by Danielle Peláez, who will be tabling on behalf of Soul Fire in the City, and will bring seeds to share!

As we build a network of communal health practice in the Capital Region, keeping and tending seeds provides a vital link between the land and the food that nurtures us. This event is the second in a series of PHS open houses. You can learn more about the first open house on its event page.

Masks are encouraged and will be available at this event. If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of illness please stay home and rest.

Guest Facilitator

A landscape photo of Azuré Kauikeolani Iversen-Keahi, a light-skinned person holding a large potted plant wearing a grey sweater, light blue scarf and glasses on top of their head. They have dark brown hair with bangs falling in front of their face and the rest pulled back. The background is a brick wall.
Photo by Felicity Jones

Azuré Kauikeolani Iversen-Keahi is a mixed race mother, grower, writer, creator and record keeper of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi, Filipino, Samoan and European ancestry based on Mohican soils of Upstate New York. Transitioning from the landscape of the Koʻolau Mountains to the Hudson Valley of the Northeast, she began to explore earthwork as healing for herself and the surrounding community led by her commitment to food sovereignty and intersectional justice. Her stories of diaspora,ʻāina-based healing and ancestral reunion have been published in The Greenhorns’: New Farmer’s Almanac, Tropic Magazine, and the Daily Yonder. Over the last decade, she has nurtured The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s block-wide, public food forest and demonstration garden, Collard City Growers.

We are committed to lowering the barriers to access for events at The Sanctuary for Independent Media. For people who are hard of hearing or deaf, blind or low-vision, or whose physical limitations can interfere with a satisfying experience, let us know two weeks in advance so we can make appropriate arrangements.

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