seed keeping at the intersection of historical literacy and science education
Jacqueline Pilati is an urban farmer, teacher, and seed keeper. She is a Professional Development Instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and Adjunct Instructor at Bank Street College of Education where she leads teacher institutes and courses in garden-based learning and experiential science investigations. She has taught in general and special education settings throughout NYC and Sonora, Mexico. During her tenure in the nonprofit space, she developed and led childhood, youth, and adult programming around urban ecology and agriculture, scientific inquiry, food justice. In 2018, she founded Reclaim Seed NYC, an urban seed initiative rooted in education and community. The project stewards a community-sustained seed library, while educating and organizing for seed justice and food sovereignty. Reclaim Seed NYC reconnects people to plants and places through historical literacy, food, and seed. You can follow her work on Instagram @concrete_and_compost and @reclaimseednyc
Research interests include: participatory plant breeding, foodways of the African diaspora, Taíno and Sicilian foodways, informal science education, repairing relationships to land for BIPOC community, community action research, seed justice and food sovereignty, historical literacy, citizen science projects
WAYS TO CONNECT
Science Education. Professional Learning for Educators. Seed keeping.
HANDS-ON SEEDKEEPING WORKSHOPS
Dissect flower structures to better understand pollination and fertilization, close observations of seed parts, how to save seed from wet- and dry-fruited crops, cleaning seeds for storing and sharing
RETURNING SEED TO THE COMMONS
Explore seed saving for food sovereignty, as celebration of cultural and collective identity, and necessary in a changing climate. Participate in a local network of growers coming together to preserve our heirloom seeds and their stories while regionally adapting open-pollinated varieties for a changing climate by starting a community seed initiative.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING FOR EDUCATORS
Customized professional development opportunities for classroom teachers and informal educators around school gardening, curriculum development, social justice, ecology, seedkeeping, and ethnobotany.
Topics include historical foodways of New York City and Long Island, ethnobotany, engaging young people in outdoor learning spaces, history of seed consolidation and control, celebrating the rich histories of BIPOC in our food system
Interested in bringing these experiences to your school, community garden, college campus? Please be in touch.