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.
A group of non-profits, businesses and community members started to dream together, and a shared vision emerged. A vision of a harmonious community green space in Downtown Omaha - part garden, part prairie, part living art installation, and part gathering space. A pop-up sanctuary to connect people with nature!
“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”
-Margaret J. Wheatley
For more than half a century, there was a Warren Distribution building at 727 South 13th Street in Omaha’s Old Market. It was torn down in 2018, and a patch of grass took its place. Janis Regier of Natural Therapy saw the lot from her window and wondered about creating a garden. So she did.
Then, she started thinking bigger. Warren Distribution and No More Empty Pots joined in, and invited The Nature Conservancy. As ideas developed, so did the team, including: Kinghorn Gardens, Sacred Seed Founder Taylor Keen, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Kaneko, and MVL Design.
Taylor Keen is a on a journey to help bring the tradition and history of indigenous and heirloom seeds back to his native Omaha and Cherokee people. His non-profit, Sacred Seed, works to grow and spread the seed of traditional Indian corn. That corn, and the time-honored ways of growing it, are at the heart of this project.