Sacred Seed Pop Up A Downtown Living Gem

Sacred Seed Pop Up

“This is a story of neighbors - of people living and working together - to bring forth a mosaic of plants, flowers, art, food, and soil… of generosity, fun, reverence, curiosity, and joy.” (“Up Oasis”)
The above quote can be found on the Sacred Seed Pop Up website. As part of our walking tour, we chose to include a public garden which also had educational intent. There are several neighborhood gardens and plant rescues, but our focus is on those who also claim to serve the community on a larger scale. So, after the OPPD Arboretum and the Hanscom Greenhouse, we selected the Sacred Seed Pop Up.

Originally, I learned of this location through a invitation to submit a nature photo, two years ago. That picture was printed and displayed in their mobile learning center and then was available for me to pick up once the season had ended. Last year, I received another invitation and was super excited to participate. You can view various submitted entries on their website. All of them truly capturing the beauty of our region.

On this blustery March day, Emily and I found the Sacred Seed Pop Up garden off of South 13th Street, between Jones and Leavenworth. Immediately after parking in the private lot next door, we rounded the six-foot horizontal wood planked wall that flanked the garden on the north side. Facing the south, the wall was adorned with two and half foot long vertical signs that identified different donors to the garden (Subaru, Kaneko, etc.) with colorful banners. below. On the bottom right of the banners were names of different members of the Sacred Seed Pop Up community.

From a patch of grass to a beautiful garden, a community came together to make 727 South 13th Street a green space that connects the people of Omaha to nature. After the Warren Distribution building was torn down, Janis Regier of Natural Therapy saw the empty lot outside her window and became interested in turning it into a garden.

Janis teamed up with Warren Distribution, No More Empty Pots, and the Nature Conservancy to get the garden idea blooming. The team started growing as people became interested in Janis’s idea. The team now includes Kinghorn Gardens, Sacred Seed Founder Taylor Keen, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kaneko, MVL Design, and Comunidad Pixan Ixim.

The mission of Sacred Seed is to protect and preserve the genetic diversity of original seeds while offering healthy and low impact food from local, traditional, and sustainable agriculture. Sacred seed continues to work to bring back the tradition, culture, and significance to Indigenous and valuable crops.