Seed Cabinet top (detail) by Jen Norton

Seed Cabinet top (detail)

Seems I’m on a bit of a role with this painted furniture work…and I’m having a great time with it! Take a look at my latest art project, the “Santa Cruz Grows” Seed Library. Commissioned by the Santa Cruz Reskilling Expo, this piece will be permanently housed in the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. It features my carved and painted vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as wonderful poetry by Santa Cruz poet Ellen Bass.*

If you are a local gardener in the Santa Cruz, CA area, you can drop off your properly-saved seeds to the library or pick up any free seeds you’d like to try left by other local gardeners. Don’t know how to save seed? Well then, you should definitely attend the Reskilling Expo, where they will teach you how, plus lots of other sustainable practices. Promote local gardening!

The Seed Library will be officially unveiled at the Reskilling Expo on Saturday, Sept 24, 2011.

Seed Library poem by Ellen Bass

Detail of poetry by Ellen Bass

* Poetry by Ellen Bass for the Seed Library:

And under the earth, the god of roots
Goes on painting the lustrous fringe
With a brush so delicate—
Only one sable hair—as though
There were all the time in the world.


Santa Cruz Grows Seed Library by Jen Norton

Seed Library located at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History