Husk at the Wyckoff Country Fair, Sept. 22nd

We had a great time at the Wyckoff Country Fair talking to folks about our projects. Gowanus Brooms, Corn, Silkworms, and Jeff’s newest invention — Mugwort Soap! And who knew that kids love to grind corn….


Lenape Seeds at Object Migration, Proteus Gowanus

Proteus Gowanus asked their community of friends and collaborators and all others to contribute objects with migratory stories for this show. With over 50 contributors, objects on display range from a 50 million year old “dinosaur fart” (or gas bubble) to a collection of wild bird’s stomach contents collected in the early 20th C for “scientific” purposes. There are also talismans, mundane objects with secret meanings, things of beauty and much more. I contributed these two ears of Lenape Corn from the Maize Field Project. This Lenape blue flour corn,  know as Sehsapsing, is a seed variety whose migration can be traced from the Lenape territories of the New Jersey Area, to Oaklahoma, Ohio, and back to Brooklyn.

Preserving Lenape Seeds

We are currently planting and sharing Lenape Blue Flour corn (Sehsapsing) seeds that we saved from last year’s Canarsie Maize Field garden in Canarsie Brooklyn.

We want to see this beautiful variety of corn continue to grow in Brooklyn. This spring we donated seed to the Lefferts House in Prospect Park where they are now growing it in their Three Sisters Garden.

Last year we grew a small crop of this variety in a small garden in the back of P.S. 115. This site was chosen because it is in an area that was known as the Canarsee Indian planting grounds in the 17th century. The Canarsee Indians were one of the Algonquian-speaking groups called the Lenape who were the original inhabitants of the New York area.