Next Epoch Seed Library is creating closer connections between humans and weedy species.
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patrons

$1
per month

The Next Epoch Seed Library re-imagines the traditional seed bank for the oncoming Anthropocene. Rather than gathering and preserving agricultural heritage from the pre-Monsanto era, this seed bank focuses on weedy species most likely to survive and thrive in a landscape dominated by human excess.

Stocked with seeds gathered from the vacant lots, street verges, superfund sites and abandoned infrastructure of the greater New York City area, the seed bank provides a gene pool of tough, highly adaptable plants well suited to live in close quarters with humans and their attendant landscape transformations.

Providing services like soil stabilization, moisture retention, heat-island reversal, toxic bio-accumulation and medicinal and nutritional attributes, these plants will be the ideal pioneer species, forming the base of new, novel ecosystems as we move through the bottleneck of the sixth mass extinction.

NESL was founded in 2015 by Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco.

We are grateful for your support and participation as we strive to expand the reach of NESL, producing more exhibitions, publications, public workshops, open access curricula, and more.






Rewards
Sleeping Seed
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Little Sprout
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Resilient Rhizome
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Quarterly Mailing with seasonal seed selection and planting guidelines, plus any recent publications.
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Ferocious Floret
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Private collecting expedition & site visit for up to 4 people, in NYC or Troy, NY vicinity
  • Quarterly Mailing with seasonal seed selection and planting guidelines, plus any recent publications.
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Goals
$1 of $2,500 per month
Research and collecting trip to multiple asiatic dayflower habitats to collect tissue samples and seeds from specimens growing in extreme habitats (Roundup Ready soybean fields in the midwest, copper mine tailings in China, dye cultivators in Japan) followed by genome sequencing and analysis.

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The Next Epoch Seed Library re-imagines the traditional seed bank for the oncoming Anthropocene. Rather than gathering and preserving agricultural heritage from the pre-Monsanto era, this seed bank focuses on weedy species most likely to survive and thrive in a landscape dominated by human excess.

Stocked with seeds gathered from the vacant lots, street verges, superfund sites and abandoned infrastructure of the greater New York City area, the seed bank provides a gene pool of tough, highly adaptable plants well suited to live in close quarters with humans and their attendant landscape transformations.

Providing services like soil stabilization, moisture retention, heat-island reversal, toxic bio-accumulation and medicinal and nutritional attributes, these plants will be the ideal pioneer species, forming the base of new, novel ecosystems as we move through the bottleneck of the sixth mass extinction.

NESL was founded in 2015 by Ellie Irons and Anne Percoco.

We are grateful for your support and participation as we strive to expand the reach of NESL, producing more exhibitions, publications, public workshops, open access curricula, and more.






Recent posts by Next Epoch Seed Library

Rewards
Sleeping Seed
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Little Sprout
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Resilient Rhizome
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Quarterly Mailing with seasonal seed selection and planting guidelines, plus any recent publications.
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.
Ferocious Floret
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Private collecting expedition & site visit for up to 4 people, in NYC or Troy, NY vicinity
  • Quarterly Mailing with seasonal seed selection and planting guidelines, plus any recent publications.
  • Membership pin
  • Introductory seed packet collection
  • Seed Collecting Guidelines pamphlet
  • Digital newsletter subscription with updates, resources, and event invitations.