BUILD TOUR - On the Road
When I first met Rupa Marya I admired her fun nature and fierce activism it would be 8 months later before we would start to fall in love and then she invited me to accompany her band Rupa and the April Fishes for the BUILD Tour, a world tour of their third Studio Album.
The tour was 16 weeks and included 52 shows in over 9 countries. I was a farmer to go on the road and I decided to conduct a seed sharing event at every show. I gathered some educational materials and blank packets, a few books and brought some seeds with me. It was actually hundreds of thousands of seeds all organized and labeled in a suitcase that I would then set up at all the shows along with the merch that the band was selling.
I was conducting a seed sharing experience for those attending the shows. These seeds were not for sale, but to plant and learn how to then save seed from them. I handed out hundreds of informational sheets and charts from Seed Matters that I got from Matthew Dillion and spread rare heirlooms that Don Tipping from Seven Seeds and Ken Greene from Hudsen Valley Seed Library stocked me up with along with my own collection from the last 10 years. It was an amazing collection that I put on display everynight with the hope that at least 1 person would be inspired enough to participate in a deeper way with the seeds and their food.
Between the venues we visited farmers and shared stories. When we hit Europe that the little suitcase started receiving so much enthusiasm and inquiry, heirloom treasures were shared and planted in gardens and farms. We travelled through the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and the Czech Republic. We crossed over 21 international borders, not stopped once for the seeds, hence I was then given the nickname seed Jedi. Amazing tour, incredible farms, beautiful people.
The seeds I still have from that journey are now needing to be planted out and shared. We plan to house them at our new site where we will share them with even more people and grow them out to begin the cycle again.
Benjamin Fahrer is the owner and operator of Top Leaf Farms and has over 18 years of organic farming experience, building, design work and teaching in natural resource management.