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Take Action: Planting the seeds – Movie, Potluck, and Seed Swap

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hosted by Ijams and Slow Food Tennessee Valley, this potluck and seed swap celebrates clean, organic eating and friendly farming practices, and features a talk from John Coykendall, renowned seed saver, classically trained artist and master gardener at Blackberry Farm, who has been preserving seeds, traditions, oral histories and foodways of a small rural farming community in Louisiana. Coykendall hopes to inspire others to view these rare seeds and stories as grounding us to the earth and rooting us both to our past and our future. His work is the subject of the documentary, Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall’s Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories, which will be screened during the event.

Doors open at 5pm

Potluck from 5-6:15pm

If you are planning on attending the potluck portion of the event, please bring a dish to share with ingredients list and a serving spoon for your dish.
Bring your own place setting as well to keep this event as low waste as possible. (Plate, cup, and silverware)
Seed swap ongoing in lobby

Please bring seeds or cuttings to share for this event.
Dinner Clean up 6:15-6:30

Speaker starts at 6:30

Movie starts around 7pm

Multipurpose Room and lobby, Ijams Visitor Center

This program is FREE; donations are gladly accepted. Please reserve your spot for this event so we know how many people to expect. Please let us know if you are coming to the whole event (potluck and speaker/movie) or just for the speaker/movie only.

Learn more about Take Action! Big and Small Ways You Can Save the Planet

Participate in at least two activities identified as part of Take Action! March 1-April 14, 2019, and you’ll be invited to the Action Heroes Conservation Celebration on Saturday, April 14! Take part in four or more activities and you’ll receive a reward during the celebration! Learn More


March 31
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave
Knoxville, TN United States
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