|SHARE SEEDS (more photos)
Eating in Public was founded in 2003 in Hawai'i to develop fun and easy systems that encourage sustainability and mutuality. Everyone and anyone is free to participate. We do this to demonstrate that we can take care of each other while taking care of ourselves. Through participation in our projects, together we learn how to be commoners and work to reclaims the commons.
TAKE = Act without Shame
LEAVE = Share without Condition
WHATEVAS = Trust without Apology
The SHARE SEEDS project focuses on the sharing of seeds.
Seed-sharing is an ancient practice throughout the world. It is currently under threat by big industrial seed corporations (e.g. Monsanto). They want to patent seeds and prevent us from sharing them so we will always be forced to buy from them. Seed sharing is crucial to our freedom, autonomy from capitalism and crucial for our collective survival.
CALL TO ACTION
We are encouraging prospective organizations and entities to implement SHARE SEEDS stations. Particularly locations with lots of traffic and used by people of diverse populations - e.g. community centers, libraries, churches, coffee shops, senior service centers, etc. We build our stations entirely with scrap and repurposed material. They are launched with a stapler, rubber stamp/pad, pencils, a starter kit of recycled envelops and approximately 50 seed packets. They are extremely low maintenance and self-explanatory.
If you are on O'ahu and want to adopt a SHARE SEEDS station we will provide one without charge. Ideally, adoption is forever or at least a year. Adoptive organizations also agree to periodically ink the stamp pad, sharpen the pencils, restock the stapler and recycled envelops, and send EIP photos of the stations in action.
If you are not on O'ahu we have created downloadable DIY instructions for folks to build their own, along with template for the decals and rubber stamp. If you do not have the resources or skill we currently we have collaborators in these neighborhoods.