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Grow and Tell Project

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.  



“Grow and Tell” Project (TAUNY/littleGrasse Community Farm) Seeks Seed-savers, Meaningful Seeds from throughout Northern NY

In their garlic plot featuring over 100 varieties, littleGrasse Community Farm (Canton, NY) includes “Poppa Rivezzi,” a type they started growing to help a friend preserve her father’s preferred variety that he grew and shared with her family over many years.

Throughout the 2021 growing season, TAUNY is partnering with littleGrasse Community Farm on the Grow and Tell Project (part of TAUNY’s Folk to Table traditional foodways project), which will feature research and documentation, farm activities, digital productions, garden tours, and other public programs highlighting how littleGrasse Community Farm and other individuals and farms throughout New York’s North Country grow food that reflects and sustains community members’ food traditions. 

A major component of this project is developing a living seed bank (prioritizing edible plants), including seed storage and a sustaining demonstration plot helping grow, show, and preserve seeds of significance to people throughout northern NY. These could be seeds people have saved themselves or have gotten otherwise--or specifically meaningful seeds and varieties they know of and would like help tracking down and preserving--that are connected to personal, familial, community, or cultural traditions or heritage, whether that heritage is locally-based or brought to the region from elsewhere. 

For the project, we first of all wish to learn about and document these meaningful seeds and varieties, whether you save and grow them yourself or can even just share information about ones you know of. If you have a seed story or knowledge to share, we hope to hear from you (contact details below). If you do have personally or culturally meaningful seeds you save and grow yourself, and that you might be willing to share a selection of, we would like if possible to grow a sample of them in a demonstration garden plot at littleGrasse Community Farm, to help preserve these varieties and educate others about them and their importance. If this is of interest to you, please reach out as soon as possible so that we can incorporate them into this season’s plantings. 

If you would be willing to share your story and/or meaningful seeds--or if you are interested in this project and would like to be involved in any other way, please contact TAUNY Folk to Table Director Camilla Ammirati (, 315-386-4289).

The Grow and Tell Project will also include other elements exploring and highlighting how the food we grow reflects and helps sustain our food traditions. From a single potted plant to small kitchen gardens to homestead plots and everything in between—we continue to seek out stories of the food you grow, the meaningful meals you make with it, and personal, community, and cultural traditions connected to those significant sprouts. Find more information about the project and upcoming features and events at, and please drop us a line any time to share your story and/or volunteer to get involved with this exciting project.

This project is made possible by support from the Cloudsplitter Foundation.

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