Here at Seed Your Future, we envision a world where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in the art, science, technology, and business of horticulture. To help us reach our goal, we're proclaiming 2020 the "Year of the Plant"!
When we declared 2020 the #YearOfThePlant, we had no idea of the magnitude of the public health crisis to come. Once emerged, it became even more clear to us that people need to understand and embrace the power of plants. Plants have the ability to boost our physical and mental health, clean our air and water, provide beauty and solace - and are often the foundation for medicines that cure and heal.
Our Mantra - Plants Have the Power to Heal, Soothe, Cure and Inspire - Especially in Times of Crisis
We invite you to join us and encourage you to share your own plant-passion with your family and friends in ways that keep you safe and healthy.
Will You Join Us?
People who have already pledged to make this their year of the plant have been doing some terrific things to make their lives more plant focused, check out:
- Bellyn R. from California takes all the seeds she can from fruits that she eats, washes and dries them and plants them around her yard in pots.
- Betty Y. from Pennsylvania grows at least one houseplant in every room of her home, including the basement and garage. Her immediate goal is to keep the air clean and the long term goal is to convert her family to a plant- based diet.
- Brenda C. from Washington is replacing her lawn with clover, native plants and wildflowers.
- Cheryl D. from Mississippi is a direct care worker for adults with special needs. They take dried beans from a grocery store and put them on a damp paper towel. Then they put it all in a plastic bag with the beans showing on one side. They taped the bags to the window, paper towel side to window. The clients would check their bags each day and soon were excited as the beans started rooting. They then took the rooted plants outside to be planted. They enjoyed going out each day to water and check on their progress. She tells us that most exciting thing was the looks on their faces when they picked the beans and tasted them.
- Cindy T. from Florida is planting native plants and creating a butterfly and bee garden so she can help cultivate the monarch and other wonderful butterflies and bees.
- Dana G. from Kentucky is planting 50 trees on her property this year.
- John D. from Florida is creating a natural foods forest - an old school method for self-sufficient gardening.
- Patricia R. from New York grows several varieties of tomato plants. She takes 95 % of the harvest to the nearest community outreach kitchen that prepares and feeds healthy meals to all people who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet and who want a chance to obtain healthier meals for their children.
- Paul M. from New Mexico is involved with the Junior Master Gardener program - working with youth to help them find their plant passion.
- Robert M. from Delaware tells us that his town has started an annual "reforestation day" to help increase tree cover.
- Sarah E. from South Carolina works with Girl Scouts to made seed balls with local wild flowers to cover bare areas in parks, yards, and anywhere they find that needs to be seeded. She tells us that recent floods have killed a lot of the natural ground cover and topsoil is exposed to the rains and winds.
Here's some more ideas to lift spirits and provide encouragement and connection to nature's ability to boost physical and mental health.
Ideas for Your Family
- Dye your own clothes with plants! It's a fun and easy activity for the entire family. Our DIY video makes it easy to do!
- Go on a family plant hunt in your own backyard, balcony or even inside your house. Help kids identify plants - or things made from plants. They might be surprised at the plant power around them. (Download a copy of our free indoor Family Plant Hunt and post your photos online with #PlantHunt.)
- With many students home from school, and families seeking fun and interesting things to do, it's a great time to try our our free BLOOM! plant-focused online learning module. Developed with Scholastic, it includes video, a trivia game, a matching game to pair plants with the community challenge they can solve, and a dissection tool to teach key elements and functions of plants. Check out additional plant-based educational resources for at-home education from our partners:
- KidsGardening.org: Fun at Home and Learning at Home Projects and Activities
- Longwood Gardens: Free Online Courses and Virtual Garden Tour
- National Environmental Education Association: Environmental Education At Home Activities and Educational Projects
- Nature Bridge: Outside Still Open At Home Activity Guide
- Scholastic: Learn at Home
- Grow your own food and flowers! If you cannot access prepackaged seeds, learn how to start seeds from your grocery store produce.
- Trash cans overflowing with all the eating at home you're doing? Make space and start your own compost pile. You'll be amazed by the plant power!
- We know effective hand-washing is key to health. How about a fun project making your own plant-based soap?
- For the entire year, for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries, give gifts of plants.
- Encourage your kids or other young people in your life to consider pursuing a career working with plants. Show them our horticulture career exploration tool.
- Make houseplants the focus of the interior design of your home.
- Donate to the Seed Your Future movement so we can continue to promote horticulture and inspire more people to pursue careers working with plants.
- Take the pledge from Seed Your Future and declare 2020 your Year of the Plant.
Ideas to Support Your Community
- Share your plant-passion by volunteering at your local community garden, youth organization, public garden, school, camp, garden club, nature center or park. (They will need you when they return to regular business operations!)
- Support local growers and farmers by purchasing flowers, fruits, vegetables and other plants from them.
Ideas for Your Work
- Fill your office or work space with plants - they are proven to boost your mood!
- Take a walk during lunch or other breaks. Soak in the plant power around you. (Maintain all safety recommendations for your health and the health of the community.)
Have some cool ideas of how to make 2020 the Year of the Plant and celebrate that #NatureNeverCloses? Tell us about them and we might share them here.