After harvesting corn, okra, arugula, potatoes, lettuce, and sunflower from the 2014 Seeds InService bed, we got working on turning the material into food, supplies for hand papermaking (like okra slime, which is great for Asian fibers), and papermaking fiber. We designed a series of seed packets and posters to describe the historical and political context for these crops locally, nationally, and internationally. Maggie Puckett designed the image above about the history of corn in the Americas. It is letterpress printed on corn paper at the Center for Book & Paper Arts.
This onion tart recipe was created by Melissa Potter, designed by Maggie Puckett, and printed on onion paper created from the garden. The bottoms of the onions were used for the tart. More than just food, easy and inexpensive recipes engage the Seeds InService philosophies on food justice and access, and the local communities that Jane Addams supported through domestic and craft arts classes at Hull House.
This seed packet honors the sex workers who worked in the South Loop neighborhood, just steps from where the Seeds InService garden is located. It tells the story of the Hull House wage study, and honors their memory with velvet queen sunflowers which were grown in this year's bed. Designed by Melissa Potter.
Lettuce and okra packets are forthcoming. These packets will be sold as limited editions for profit to support seed saving and papermaking workshops offered by Seeds InService. They will also be created in collaboration with other community farms to explore seed propagation as a revenue stream, and creative outlet for the community.