-Melissa Mallams, Special Education Preschool Teacher at Enos Garcia Elementary School, Taos NM
"I've shared information about your exhibit with some friends today, it really was amazing and it touched close to my heart. Thank-you for putting on a great show!"
-Ashley Courtney, Canada (SEED Exhibition and Exploratorium visitor)
"The most creative activity I've seen in Taos in a decade."
"I feel like SEED is a valuable project because it educates children about the seeds that are required for human life, and quality of life to continue on the earth."
-Daniel Carmona, Owner, Cerro Vista Farm, Cerro, NM
"Through art based methods and interactive science, SEED does an exemplary job of raising awareness of the crucial importance of healthy seeds and their local and global significance. We are excited to be a part of that process. We are in full support of the SEED art and science exhibitions that have occurred in Taos every October for the last three years. We have always been fans of this ongoing, exceptional art exhibit and Exploratorium and hope to see it continue in the future."
-Julie Tenant, Ladybug Farms, Arroyo Hondo, NM
"My experience with this project has been absolutely positive, with a wonderful collaboration between my farm, my non-profit organization, the organizers of SEED, and local school children and their parents. The students who came to visit the farm were some of the most engaged and inquisitive of many students, probably due to the local relevance and the educational process that had happened with the students beforehand with SEED.
In meeting with the folks of SEED 3, I felt like an important relationship emerged to help bridge the gap between the need for student outdoor education and educational resources in the community in terms of access to local food/farming operations and the arts community in Taos. I was impressed with the curriculum development by SEED that included investigations into how the students' food choices and favorite foods relate back to the cultivation of seeds on the landscape through agriculture."
Biologist, Educator, Farmer, Owner of Sol Feliz Farm and Executive Director of Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (AIRE)
Partners and Collaboration
SEED has received generous financial support from the Taos Community Foundation, Albuquerque Community Foundation, The Taos Chapter of the Native Plant Society, Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos, Twirl and numerous individual donors and volunteers.
Collaboration has been at the heart of SEED since it began in 2009. SEED is more than the sum of its parts, because it draws on the different strengths and life of experiences of its co-organizers/co-curators as well as the participating artists, local community members and organizations. Our current partners are below. Since 2009 when SEED began, it's seems there has been a virtual "seed explosion" and exponential increase in awareness about local foods and growers. In the Taos area and beyond there many small scale growers and other seed-related businesses and organizations with which we would love to connect. Please contact us if you would like to collaborate!
Agriculture Implementation Research & Education (AIRE)
AIRE was formed to help address the growing problems associated with the industrial food system, climate change, & nature deficit disorder. Rather than spending too much time addressing the aforementioned problems, AIRE takes a “nuts and bolts” approach to sustainability through application of the mission: “To gather the people and plant the fields.” This is accomplished through the expansion of our living seed library that includes the establishment of new crops in new areas through the creation and support of farmers that is based on the development and promotion of sound land and water stewardship practices.
Cerro Vista Farm - fresh, local produce
Cerro Vista Farm is a 30 acre farm located in Cerro, New Mexico surrounded by 2,200 acres of pastures and alfalfa fields. The farm lies at 7,450 feet elevation, the lowest point in the vast San Luis Valley, with spectacular 360 degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Rio Grande Gorge, and of numerous massive, extinct volcanoes. Though the growing season averages only 85 days frost free, the sandy loam soils and high mountain snowmelt that irrigates the fields enable us to grow 40 different varieties of vegetables, grains, and beans.
Growing food for our community, whilst caring for the land and each other
Sol Feliz Farm is a manifestation of agricultural reconnection and home-scale sustainable living.
Taos Center for Economic Development - supporting the food, land, water, and the cultures of the people of Northern New MexicoSince Taos County Economic Development Corporation (TCEDC) was founded in 1987, the challenges facing our community were those of a historic, semi-isolated, rural area transitioning from a centuries old, self-sufficient agrarian base to a commercially focused economy. TCEDC has operated for over nineteen years utilizing a family model in its community development efforts to address these challenges. Our model builds upon the strengths and wisdom of land-based cultures that have demonstrated the ability to survive and overcome adversity by retaining beliefs and values and recognizing the inevitability of cycles.
The Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) is a non-profit organization that strives to educate the public about native plants by promoting knowledge of plant identification, ecology, and uses; fostering plant conservation and the preservation of natural habitats; supporting botanical research; and encouraging the appropriate use of native plants to conserve water, land, and wildlife. We have approximately 800 members in 8 chapters located throughout New Mexico and including El Paso, Texas and southwestern Colorado.
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Taos District Schools
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