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Grow and Tell Project

Seed-Saving Walk and Talk with Dan Kelleher and Rachael Jones at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY)
In this final garden visit of the 2021 Grow and Tell Project series, the community is invited to participate in a walk and discussion at littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY) focused on ideas and practices of seed-saving. Saving seed that’s been reproduced is essential for continued eating as well as for preserving varieties of food that have special meaning to individuals, communities, and the region. Hear from littleGrasse farmers Bob Washo and Flip Filippi and others about what they do with saving seed, how, and why, and join in a conversation about this vital topic while having a chance to see some examples of what the process looks like on a working farm.

Special guests will include Dan Kelleher, a North Country homesteader of over 40 years who has long been breeding his own corn and soy varieties for his subsistence diet and sharing knowledge about it with students and others, and Rachael Jones, a ceramics and mixed media artist, St. Lawrence University Art professor, and founder of The Seed Bank Project, creating and planting unique seed banks to preserve not only important seeds but a record of local ecologies and the stories that go with them. The event will also include planting of one of these seed banks containing seeds contributed by the day’s presenters. 

For this event, there is a “pay as you will” suggested donation of $0-25 to support TAUNY’s ongoing programs and projects, including the Grow and Tell Project. Please register for this event here.

At the peak of the summer time, while everything is so green and lush, we paid a visit to herbalist, native plant conservationist, and TAUNY North Country Living Traditions Award recipient Jane Desotellle in Plattsburgh, NY for our Grow and Tell video project. Watch this video here, see how Jane grows her wild edible and medicinal garden, and listen to the stories that she shares about family, friends, traditions, and plants.
Tending the Wild Edible Garden with Jane Desotelle


Grow &Tell Kitchen Demo: Poppa’s Garlic with Rose Rivezzi
September 24th, 11:30am-1pm, at The TAUNY Center Kitchen
Join us in the TAUNY kitchen as Rose Rivezzi of Big Spoon Kitchen (Potsdam, NY) shares family food and garden stories and demonstrates some favorite home cooking--garlicky greens and more--using her father’s garlic, the story of which she shared with us recently for the Grow and Tell Project. Take-away tasting samples will be available following the demonstration.
The Grow and Tell Project is made possible by a grant from the Cloudsplitter Foundation. Thanks also to littleGrasse Community Farm for contributing produce and more to this and other Grow and Tell Programs.
Photo Caption: Rose Rivezzi of Big Spoon Kitchen (Potsdam, NY). Courtesy of Rose Rivezzi.

 Never Tire Farm: Hope in a Box 
A Grow and Tell Project Production
Never Tire Farm is the only wholesale greenhouse operator in St. Lawrence County and an important source for many small retailers in the area who supply plant starts directly to customers in the community. As part of the Grow and Tell Project, we visited Megan and Ray Bowdish, the owners of Never Tire Farm, and produced this video that provides some insight into the greenhouse business, and the ways they take care of the seeds and plants that many in the community depend on to grow food as well as flowers in their own home gardens.

The 2021 Grow and Tell Project, part of our collaboration with littleGrasse Foodworks Community Farm for the Folk to Table traditional foodways project, highlights how the food we grow reflects and helps sustain our food traditions.
Never Tire Farm: Hope in a Box
This project is made possible by support from the Cloudsplitter Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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