One of the best things about Germination Corps is that it teaches kids and adults to learn to care for plants through the individual attachment that each has to their own plant backpack. It also creates community through the workshops and plant parades and walking garden events. This will be exciting to see happen in North Carolina, a smaller community than Philadelphia, but perhaps far more organized already. Keep spreading the word, people!
Two brothers with plant backpacks, Summer 2010
This tree was in Kensington, Philadelphia. Most places on this block were brown, and had seen more care.
Places like this are good for resting a mobile garden to add some life and color to the neighborhood.
When you are done you can plant your bag, leave for a while or take it with you.
Green Plum Collaboratory Gallery will be hosting a solo show of Jessica’s work, plant backpacks and other creations from paper helmets to performance uniforms, from April 22-May 19 and produce numerous community participation events during the residency. Events will be held in several locations in both counties, with a significant focus on the Dig In Yancey community garden.
Green Plum Gallery from outside
Sneek peek at my show- thanks for installing everyone!
You can check the gallery blog here for updates http://www.greenplumcollaboratory.com/
Green Plum is located at 130 Oak Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC
Plant Backpacks Coming this May to Yancy County, North Carolina and the Penland area!
Germination Corps. is an engagement art project I conceived of and started at a residency in Philadelphia at The Philadelphia Art Hotel, in the summer of 2010. It takes the idea of our nomadic existence and examines humans’ relationship with caring for the plants we eat and live with. I developed Plant Backpacks to solve problems of the urban neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia, an area with much brown space.
Plant Backpacks in Philly
Plants are planted in backpacks and then paraded through town, creating a mobile garden, that connects different green spaces like urban community farms in the area.
It teaches kids and adults to care for a plant much like caring for an egg or a sack of flour as if it were a baby in home-ec class. This mobile garden will grow this summer as I make plant backpacks with the community of rural North Carolina. Stay tuned to see how this project adapts itself to a rural and close-knit environment.