This body of work was created in response to time spent in a Seed Seva Immersion Program on the Sierra Seeds Cooperative and Research Farm with Rowen White. Through this work, I seek to describe and hold space for the long co-evolution between people and plants, and to celebrate the immense wonderment that surrounds and composes us.
“Every seed we plant is a tiny loving prayer in action.” --Rowen White
With each carved mark, I release a tiny prayer for the protection and restoration of our sacred seeds, waterways, and collective spirit. I join these prayers so that we may continue to deepen our connection to each other, the wisdom of our elders, and to place. As a student, teacher, and beginning seed saver, I am deeply moved by the intergenerational healing, and vision for Indigenous Seed Sovereignty that is building through Rowen and others’ collective work. Touched by the way of plants and seeds, this series is a reflection on all that supports our tenuous existence.
These woodcut prints are further informed by contemplative conversations with dear friend, Xicana-Bisayan Indígena scholar and seed librarian (emeritus), Krisha Hernández, who holds a vision for connecting seeds, stewards, beings and things through the concept of seed-communities. You can join the conversation by sharing your seed stories @semillastories on Instagram. To learn more about this project visit www.semillastories.com.