Shumei International Institute is hosting Ken Greene as our speaker at the May 20thAnniversary event. Ken Greene is founder of the first seed library in the country, a project he germinated in a small town library. Today, Greene helms the Hudson Valley Seed Company, a national seed company and regional seed farm devoted to ethically producing seed for home gardeners and farmers and celebrating seeds through art.  Directly connected to Ken Greene’s presentation, SII’s special art exhibition will feature a selection from Ken Greene’s remarkable art collection, many images of which are featured on his actual seed packets. Besides sowing seeds for plants, flowers and vegetables, Ken also sows the seeds of art seeking artists and commissioning original art that are featured on the Hudson Valley Seed Company’s seed packets and also in traveling art exhibitions.  This special exhibition will open from 12:30 – 5:00 PM on Sunday May 20 in SII’s art gallery and will hang through the month of June.  SII would like to thank Ken for loaning pieces from his collection.
Also on May 20ththe Shumei Center Garden will be open for viewing and questions. Underlying the basis of Natural Agriculture is a profound reverence for nature, and the farming involved is guided entirely by nature’s intrinsic wisdom. Rather than seeking to control nature, farmers listen and respond to it. Mokichi Okada, who developed Natural Agriculture in the 1930’s, envisioned it not only as a means of cultivating pure and wholesome food, but as an art and spiritual pursuit as well. Come visit our center garden on May 20thbetween 12:30 and 5pm to learn more.


We hope many of you come and enjoy this beautiful intersection of art and agriculture.