Shea Norris, Sovereign Seeds & Starts
Sovereign Seeds & Starts is a student-led fundraising effort focused on providing traditional and organic heirloom indigenous seeds and starts from all across Indian country and South and Central America to the Bay Area community through venues such as Pow Wows, community events, and farmers markets.
The gardening and planting happens at Roses and Concrete Charter School in the Huichiun Garden, led by Shea Norris, a volunteer student leader and alumni of the AICRC After School Program. The after school students work in the garden and create a detailed handouts specific to each plant variety highlighting information including where and what communities the seeds come from, traditional stories when appropriate, a photo of the student who planted it and any information that may help an inexperienced gardener maintain the genetic integrity of the plants (including open pollination, hybridization, seed saving, etc).
Being in an urban setting where it is easy to fall victim to fast foods, the garden will serve families, children and the community at large by handing out seeds at local events, creating knowledge on indigenous foods and encouraging a healthier eating lifestyle for community members.