Seed Bank | St. Lawrence University Environmental Studies

Seed Bank

The seed bank at the Living Lab is a symbolic project that links local agriculture, environmental change, and art. Rachel Jones, a visiting professor of ceramics and drawing with SLU's Art & Art History department, crafted ceramic vessels (banks) in which to store seeds from crops that local farmers deemed would be especially valuable in a future of climate change. The banks were buried at the LL by Kate Cleary and her agroecology students in the fall of 2018. As Jones states on her website, small-scale seed banks are not necessarily supposed to serve a utilitarian purpose, and instead "are meant to highlight the importance of local ecology in the midst of an increasingly global outlook...through a common burial ritual that transcends most cultures." Despite this symbolism, though, storage in a cool, waterproofed container means the LL's buried seeds will retain their viability as potential plant sources for years to come.