Plant Parade!

What a fantastic time we had at Gouge Elementary in Bakersville, NC. The sun was shining, the air was warm and we had 120 Germination Corps. members making up the biggest Plant Parade to date! We made our way with flags, vegetable puppets, headbands, costumes, music float, bean tambourines, songs and 120 plant backpacks to the 4-H garden to plant the baby plants in the ground. This was the longest and most colorful walking garden this town has ever seen! Thanks to all involved!

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More pictures as I receive them…I was running up and down the parade line, so all my action shots are just that, in action!

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got brand new bags!

The folks at Quality Plus Apparel in Bakersville, NC just finished making bags (in a week’s time!) from my pattern for the Gouge Elementary School workshop and plant parade. Don’t they look great with the reflective seedling emblem on them? The bags are sized down for the 2nd and 3rd graders.

Quality Plus donated all their work to benefit the project and community and worked with the donated fabrics from Glen Raven in Burnsville, NC.

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Here Wes of Quality Plus is showing us a finished product:

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Its so great to have all these bags, and to be able to let each kid in the 2nd and 3rd grade have one for their plant, to transport it and to parade it around while they care for it. These are the tools, the artwork. These personal, mobile gardens, all come together to make a community.

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And here it is on a 2nd or 3rd grader!

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News from the Green Plum Gallery

Green Plum Collaboratory in Spruce Pine, NC has been a hotbed of activity during my residency here. Not only do I have a show there, but it has been my studio for Germination Corps. and a Plant Backpack making hub for the last two and a half weeks. Here are some pics of the the progress and people that have come in to help cut patterns and cut up bottles for the bags and made giant vegetables. Thanks everyone for helping to make the upper street in the town of Spruce Pine so colorful.

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Here are two wonderful volunteers of Dig In! Yancy Community Garden who came to Germination Corps. to help sew- Deborah and Pat. These ladies got some patterns going! Thanks you two!

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Lisa Blackburn, a founder of the project Empty Bowls and a very great printer and book maker, cuts up some salvaged bottles to plant plants in for the kids backpacks.

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Here are some other great Gallery Shots. Deb and Pat try on my Paper Helmets: Helmets for Telling Secrets. Part of the show this month at Green Plum Collaboratory.

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And then we pose for a photo to show the kid’s sized Plant Backpack I made using fabric donated from Glen Raven Technical Fabrics and pattern pieces cut by these wonderful ladies.

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Thanks to all the community members in Yancy and Mitchell counties that are helping and have helped with Germination Corps. — more photos to come!

Gallery and Workshop open Tuesday to Friday 1-5

Head on down to the Green Plum Collaboratory on Upper Street in Spruce Pine, NC and join in the fun making some of these guys:

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We have workstations set up, and everything you need right at hand, including encouragement and guidance! I am there the whole time and will gladly discuss the project and get you on your way to planting and walking and nurturing. Everyone with a bag will be invited to participate in the field day at the Dig In! garden on the 11th.

Hours this week of May 6-10 are 1-5 p.m. so come on by and see what Germination Corps. is all about! There are short activities if you have 5 minutes, to longer full bag making activities. We want to get as many people involved, adults and children, so tell your friends.