SEED YOUR FUTURE
Recently, I travelled to the Philadelphia area for an advisory board meeting with Seed Your Future. If you are not familiar with the movement, it is the green industry’s effort to increase the awareness of horticulture, and it was enlightening, encouraging, and exciting to see so many high-level hort heads pursuant in connecting more people to our gardening world. There are some really cool announcements ahead from Seed Your Future, so keep checking the website. Some of the the takeaways that I can share are below.
- #DOYOULOVEYOURPLANTJOB? We are all advocates for horticulture. We can’t set behind our ivory hedges and expect horticulture to burgeon. We need to tell everyone that #ilovemyplantjob. As horteconomist Charlie Hall said during the meeting, "We need to show them what the world is with us."
- ALL IN A NAME: The world horticulture is hard for some people to understand. Terms like plantologist and gardenologist were thrown around, and from this very etymological base, we were encouraged to rethink how to make it easy to share horticulture with others.
- SEED YO' FUTURE: We need to speak to students in ways that are understandable for them and make sense. For example, instead of saying pursue a career in horticulture we can say put some horticulture in your career to help show students that working with a plants is an option. I feel like Emeril Lagasse saying that encouraging students to bring some plant spice into their lives. BAM!!!!!!!!! I can't tell you the number of times that I've heard a student say, "I never knew that I could have a career in plants." (It happened this past weekend at SFA orientation.) My fifteen-year-old self was in that category once.
The meeting was held in Longwood Gardens conservatory. During breaks and before and after the meeting we were encouraged to galavant through the gardens. It didn't take much on those chilly Philly days. Pretty pictures follow.