Last month I had the pleasure of attending a great community event at the SEEDS headquarters in Durham. It was a very happy day as it was the groundbreaking ceremony for construction to begin on a beautiful, state of the art facility to house this wonderful organization. Instead of “breaking ground” they chose to offer clippings from a beautiful and bountiful fig tree that will sacrificed as this beautiful new building is made. The good news is that they told us the tree was not that old and had grown quickly over the past few years, so I know in the new space they will have more bountiful fruit bearing trees! I think reading the SEEDS mission statement is the best way to understand what they do and stand for. This is their mission statement I grabbed from their website:
SEEDS teaches respect for life, for the earth and for each other through gardening and growing food. Located in the heart of Downtown Durham, we are an urban sanctuary focused on promoting principles and practice of sustainable agriculture, organic gardening, food security and environmental steward ship.
Here are a few snaps from that happy day and also below you will find information for a few upcoming events at SEEDS.
Betty Kenan, mother of co-founder Annice Kenan, with Brenda Brodie, co-founderOK
UPCOMING EVENTS AT SEEDS:
SEEDS Annual Pie Social, this Sunday, May 19th from 1-5 p.m. in the pavilion at Durham Central Park. Last year it was at Fullsteam and I remember tasties from Scratch, Foster’s, Watt’s Grocery, to name a few!
Summer SEEDlings Camp, the week of June 10th from 8-12 p.m.
SEEDS Southside Garden
706 Gilbert Street
Ticket Cost: $100 per Camper (sibling discount @$25 off!)
Learning adventures through gardening!
Your child will spend the week exploring the natural world in our urban oasis. Campers from age 5-12 will experience the wonder of the environment around them, investigating the ecosystem, learning to move like the animals and tasting the fruits of their efforts.
Click here for more information and to register.
LASTLY, don’t forget to stop by the SEEDS stand at the Durham Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, the stand is managed and run by their DIG program. The market opens at 8 a.m.