Creating an Online Native Seed-Bank
A Project by Amelia Richter
My project’s goal was to make it easier for both experienced and new gardeners to incorporate native Kansas species into their gardens and outdoor spaces. Native plant species are the base of a healthy ecosystem and provide food, shelter, and other needs to the diversity of life we share our state with. Native seeds can be hard to get a hold of and many gardeners rely on receiving native seeds from fellow gardeners. To make native seeds more available, I wanted to build on this dynamic of seed sharing in the form of a seed bank, however, I did not want to limit participation to those who could physically visit this bank, especially during the time of a pandemic, so I decided to build an online seed bank. I focused my time and resources on building this infrastructure and gathering knowledge and equipment to facilitate seed storage. I additionally gathered some seeds to start building an inventory, though this portion was secondary to building the online seed bank itself.
Through this project I learned a lot about native plants, what they are called, when they bloom, where certain species like to grow, and what special properties some poses. I also learned that I am only scratching the surface on this front.
A Community Gardening Program is Born
A Project by Patty McKenna
The retreat was very much appreciated. The funding allowed me and my household to gain experience with a gardening tool (an irrigation system) that we would otherwise not have had.
My experience with collective gardening in my yard (combined with the other-worldly experience of stay-at-home orders) started me down a fruitful path of contemplation.
What allowed me, a novice gardener, to succeed at growing food?
How could I help other people to have access to these things?
My answer was to build community support and interest in collective gardening by talking to individuals and organizations. This has resulted in several homeowners volunteering their yards and two churches (including ECM) willing for their land to be used as gardening space. A Letter of Intent has been submitted to the Caroline F Peine Foundation to pay for a set of tools, seeds, garden infrastructure, water, etc. for the gardening season of 2021.
ECM at KSU
"ECM feels safe. You sit down to a meal [at RFL] and hear so many different languages. I don't worry about not being from the US. It's home to me at K-State." -Gaby
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