City awards grant to Howell Collective for free plant nursery

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We have exciting news! The City of Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods has awarded a Small Sparks grant to the Howell Collective Garden / Hypha Free Nursery project. We will also be partnering with youth from the Lambert House for this project. Lambert House is a center on Capitol Hill for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. Lambert House youth have been gardening at the Howell Collective since 2013 and are eager to take their skills to the next level. They will be setting up a seed germination station and caring for plant starts that we will then give away to the community. Howell Collective gardeners and other volunteers will also be growing seedlings to give away. Thank you to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for partially funding this project!!

We have three plant gifting events in the planning stages for 2014, tentatively planned to coincide with Native Plant Appreciation week in April, National Pollinator Week in June, and a Fall Harvest celebration with a seed swap and perennial shrub giveaway.

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What is the Hypha Free Nursery? www.hypha.org
The hypha free nursery is a collaborative community project to spread plants and ideas through Seattle. Plants are propagated and given away as gifts with instructions on care and how to propagate them further. The intent is to grow a community of decentralized networks of plant sharing.

This project also incorporates artmaking, storytelling, and ethnobotany to provide cultural context and connection to the plants that comprise our landscape. Some plants are accompanied by a handmade letterpress card with a story or special detail about the plant. Select plants will be mapped to show the spread through Seattle and illustrate the potential of such networks. As our plant community grows, we will organize plant and seed swaps and free educational workshops.

Plants for propagation are selected with emphasis on perennial food systems, urban pollinators and wildlife, suitability to our local landscape, ease of propagation, and transplant success.

There can be no meaningful discussion of local food security and environmental stability or regeneration without a fundamental understanding of plant reproduction. This is an educational project meant to inspire the sharing of plants and knowledge. Knowledge is a gift and, in this case, comes in the shape of a plant.

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