Sep 21, 2020 | Biodiversity, Food & farming

October: celebrating seeds in Skye and Lochalsh

envelopes for sharing seeds

October is the time when plants transform their energies into seeds for the future, and we look back at our gardening year and enjoy the bounty of the harvest in community with our family and friends. Reflecting this special time in the calendar, ATLAS Arts has woven together an exciting programme encompassing local seed sharing and growing, and the importance of seeds for communities in other parts of the world. 

Connecting to our Grow Skye! Dùisg an talamh! project ATLAS Arts are encouraging people from around Skye and Lochalsh to save, deposit and share seeds from their harvest produce, and to share stories about growing on Skye. Accompanied by film, talks and publications focused on seed sovereignty and local and global food security, we invite you to take part and share your thoughts on what wakening the land means to you.

From 1 October and right through November, you can visit one of the Library boxes and deposit your own seeds in specially created envelopes for sharing with other local growers. You will find a supply of the seed envelope zines in each box. Help yourself to seeds that others have shared too.  ATLAS will also be adding information and resources on seed saving to their website and social media. We would love you to make your own zines that we can copy and distribute to share your growing knowledge with people around Skye.

Viewfield Garden Collective in Portree will be sharing stories of their harvest produce, and tips on what has worked well for them in the garden this year. Check out their instagram throughout the Autumn season.

Don’t have seeds to share, or are new to growing? No worries. Check out the free zines in the library anyway. The mini publications cover a range of subjects from seed saving to artist projects and activist knowledge.

Atlas Art’s seed sharing programme continues with films, talks and publication sharings focused on seed sovereignty and global food security. We want to share the wealth of local knowledge and history related to food and land rights on Skye, and build solidarities with international activists who are dealing with the violent effects of food insecurity and environmental catastrophes as we speak.

Event programme in short: (More details on our events calendar)

1 Oct – 30th Nov: Share and borrow seeds and stories through The Skye Zine Library, free, all ages, location map
10 Oct, 2pm: The Palestine Heirloom Seed Library, Online talk and participatory event, free, all ages, Book here
24 Oct, 7pmWild Relatives (2018) by Jumana Manna, Online screening, free, all ages, Book here
26 – 30 Oct, 10am – 6pm: In person screening, Wild Relatives (2018) by Jumana Manna, ATLAS Arts, Portree, Book here

If you have a story to share, get in touch and join the conversation.

Get all the latest news on the programme on the Atlas website.