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What happens when we preserve plants based on utility or agricultural use alone? What if the plants we value are not the ones that will survive the shifting ecology caused by anthropogenic climate change?
The Next Epoch Seed Library is crowd-sourced seed library for spontaneous urban plants, otherwise known as weeds. Join environmental artist Ellie Irons in a seed-sorting workshop where you will learn seed identification, the impact of intra-species genetic diversity, and receive your very own Evening Primrose seeds to distribute throughout the growing ecology of Troy!
Ellie Irons is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn and Troy, New York. She works in a variety of media, from video to workshops to re-wilding experiments, to reveal how human and more-than-human lives intertwine with other earth systems. Her recent work focuses on plants, people and urban ecosystems in the so-called Anthropocene. She is a cofounder of the Next Epoch Seed Library and the Environmental Performance Agency. Irons received her BA from Scripps College in Los Angeles and her MFA from Hunter College, CUNY in New York. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she is researching the intersection of socially engaged art, community science, and urban ecology as a means for envisioning and enacting multispecies solidarity in the face of climate chaos.