Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. The SEED-O-MATIC, the world’s slowest vending machine, can help—even in the age of social distancing. Developed by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy and stocked with help from our partners at Fedco Seeds, this machine makes locally-produced seeds available as part of its mission to promote agricultural biodiversity and seed sovereignty. With our relationship to food supplies affected by the spread of COVID-19, and local, state, and national organizers reimagining food distribution systems, how does something like the SEED-O-MATIC take on new resonance? On Tuesday, April 14, Olivia Fountain, the Museum’s Anne Lunder Leland Curatorial Fellow, will speak about the SEED-O-MATIC and answer questions. You can watch on The Lantern starting at noon. To submit a question for Olivia, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seeds packets from the SEED-O-MATIC will be available at the Alfond Youth Center on Wednesday, April 8, as part of regularly scheduled food distribution. And be sure to tag us @ColbyMuseum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #SEEDOMATIC to share progress pictures of your plants!
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