|Art of the Heirloom opening, seeds for sale at right|
I first ran across this company at the New Amsterdam Market (at the former Fulton Fish Market) where I met Ken Greene, the Seed Library's founder. He got the idea for the Seed Library when he was working at a regular library and thought to himself "why not try a seed library based on the same principles as a library that lends books?" Members would save seeds from their own crop each year and contribute them back. The idea has grown exponentially since then, but seed saving by backyard gardeners is still a big part of it. I like to use these seeds in my own garden because I know that they come from the region where I live and thrive here.
|Ed's Kohlrabi, Sheryl's Rainbow Chard|
|Ed Coppola next to his collage|
The art for the seed packs were not all two-dimensional. Some of my favorites were sculptural. There was a very elegant ceramic wall piece, Kale Cubes, done by Gregg Moore.
I was also delighted by some felt radishes with a lot of personality that were made by Melissa Mandel. During the artist talks Ken Greene held one of the radishes up by its leaves, reminding me of holding up a rabbit by its ears.
This exhibit will be traveling. And while the art itself belongs to the Hudson Valley Seed Library, there are fine art prints of the artwork available for sale. I got very inspired and will be applying to do a seed pack commission myself for next season.
|snacks with a garden-y presentation|
|Although the art was great, I have to say a word about the beverages being served, as well. True to the spirit of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, the drinks were also regional. The beer was from the Ommegang Brewery, a Belgian style brewery in Cooperstown, NY. And there was also whiskey from Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in the Hudson Valley. Now, I already love the Ommegang beers, but I'm a new fan of the Tuthilltown whiskey - very smooth, yummy and warming!|