Project summary

The Seed Journey is a project by the artist collective Futurefarmers, who are sailing the RS-10 Christiania from Oslo to Istanbul, while conducting research into the role grains have played in shaping our society and the notion of the commons in relation to agricultural practices. The sailing ship functions as a library of rare grains and seeds that are collected and shared throughout the journey, an exchange of knowledge between bakers, farmers, scientists, historians, brewers and communities, a radio station, a workshop, school and museum, a bakery and laboratory. In Jersey there is evidence of grain use and cultivation from Neolithic sites, later within local architecture as thatch and of course in baking, milling and brewing traditions.

At the end of April the Seed Journey will drop anchor in Jersey for 7 days, joining community events, engaging with local experts to conduct research, meeting students and children, broadcasting radio material, etc. The crew consist of 5 artists, two captains, a cook and another sailor. Towards the end of the year two artists will return to the island, to continue their research and develop a live community event.

We look forward to a bread and butter welcoming event in the harbour and Samares Manor, piFm broadcasting, a presentation of the Seed Journey in Quetivel Mill in collaboration with the National Trust, a special edition beer brewed by the Liberation Brewery, three school visits that share the Seed Joiurney with local children, participation in this year’s Jersey Boat Show with fresh flatbreads and tours of the boat, and research conducted with a range of local partners, including farmers, fisherman, radio enthusiasts, pigeon fanciers and beekeepers.

Research and project partners include Jersey Heritage, the National Trust, Ports of Jersey, Liberation Brewery, the Jersey Boat Show and Samares Manor.

Photo credits: Monica Lovdahl/Futurefarmers

Public events



The Seed Journey

The Futurefarmers bring the seed journey to Jersey

A research visit exploring the role of grain in shaping our society and the notion of the commons in relation to agricultural practices.

Artists Futurefarmers
Dates 23rd April to 30th April 2017