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The Community Seeds Project is Not A Cornfield’s final gesture. It grew from artist Lauren Bon's vision of planting Not A Cornfield seeds throughout Los Angeles and beyond; distributing them to people, spaces and communities in need of healing.

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CORN PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS

The project consists of three parts, which are:

  • Assisting social organizations in planting healing corn gardens
  • Donating corn seeds to individuals and mapping where the corn goes
  • A journey from Los Angeles to Rosebud, South Dakota, sharing seeds along the way

Community Seeds will engage educational, correctional, cultural and community organizations in planting Not A Cornfield corn while studying agriculture, art and community.

The first site to plant these special seeds is the Dorothy F. Kirby Center, a juvenile detention facility. As the minors prepare to enter back into society, the Community Seeds Project will expose them to the same healing qualities experienced during the agricultural / art cycle at Not A Cornfield.

NAC's corn seeds will also be planted "Under Spring", a revitalization project aiming to transform a destitute urban space under the Spring Street Bridge into a healing garden. From here, the Community Seeds Project will give away packets of corn seeds to individuals, enabling them to grow a little piece of the Not A Cornfield on their own. Participants' addresses and photographs will be used to create a "green map" of locations were NAC seeds are being planted.

Members from the NAC team will travel to South Dakota to assist Volunteer Network International, an organization providing aid to indigenous peoples across the Americas, in the completion of a ceremonial lodge built on the Rosebud Reservation. Seeds from Not A Cornfield will be planted in various locations along the route.

CORN PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS

Not A Cornfield
Ornamental Indian Corn

Multi-colored ears can be used as decorations or to make corn flour.

Sow April – July (In Southern California)

In Rows:
Plant a block of at least four rows to ensure pollination.
Seed Depth: 1 in.
Seed Spacing: 6 in.
Row Spacing: 2 - 3 ft.
Thinning: When 4 in. tall, thin to 1 ft. apart

In Mounds:
Build mounds about 1 ft. high and between 1½ - 3 ft. in diameter. Flatten the top and make a depression for holding water.
Seed Depth: 1 in.
Seed Spacing: 6-7 seeds/mound
Mound Spacing: 3 ft. apart on all sides
Thinning: When 4 in. tall, thin to 3 strongest plants
Possible companion crops: Beans, squash and watermelon

Seed Saving:
Leave several ears on the stalk until husks dry and turn brown. Remove and peel back the husks and hang them to dry, out of direct sun, for one month. Once ears are dry, remove the individual kernels. Store the kernels in an airtight container.

COMMUNITY SEEDS CONTACTS

Corn Gardens
Carmelo Alvarez

Individual Seed Distribution
Sarah McCabe

Under Spring
Jaime Lopez

 

 

 

March 31, 2006:
The Not A Cornfield project team has handed the keys to the Cornfield site back to State Parks and moved across the street into our new offices at 1745 Spring St.
Contact State Parks for public access and information about tours and open hours.

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For Group and school tours, please call Carmelo Alvarez at (323) 226-1158


 
 
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