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Re Seed Saugerties an art and soil building social sculpture :: 2016

In 2016, Jennifer Zackin initiated Re:Seed Saugerties an art and soil building social sculpture. With this opportunity we built a community around a 70’ x 100’ corner lot in the village of Saugerties.  On this piece of land we built soil, an earth tattoo, shared food, built seed sculptures and participated in Chickenarama performances. We hosted over a dozen public gatherings from sheet mulching and planting nitrogen fixing plants with the Boys and Girls Club, Seed and Food Shares with the Long Spoon Collective, Seed Sculpture Labs with Adam Zaretsky, Oath of Growth, I am the Keeper of Smallest Plant action with  Carrie Dashow, Chicken Dancing with Linda Mary Montano, and two community offering ceremonies at the beginning at end of the growing season with Adolfo Ibáñez Ayerve. In 2016 Re Seed Saugerties was supported by an Artist grant from Arts Mid Hudson.
 

In 2017, after the initial year of soil building the Underground Center continued my concept and use the garden as a teaching garden with The Boys & Girls Club and local youth.  A local church who cooks meals for the Boys & Girls Club uses the food from the garden for those meals.

 

In 2018 the Underground Center continue this program to accomplish the following goals:
TEACH: to teach local youth important gardening skills while also instilling an appreciation for locally grown organic food.
CREATE: to create a model garden that shows how to grow food locally in a way that nourishes people and the land.
FEED: to address food insecurity in our community by offering local youth at The Boys & Girls Club fresh, healthy food for free.

 

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