One Seed Chicago, the urban greening project by NeighborSpace, is back. This year’s candidates are basil, cilantro, and chamomile. How One Seed Chicago works: Every year One Seed Chicago puts up three seed for a vote and allows Chicagoans to vote for their favorite. The one with the most votes gets crowned the winner and every Chicagoan that voted gets the seeds for free in the mail come spring.
Everyone who gardens in Chicago grows basil-been there, done that! Even saved the seeds. Who, besides people who like the taste of soap, wants to eat and cilantro? It should be against the law to grow and serve cilantro, but until I’m POTUS and can sign an executive order banning it I’ll just have to live with the fact people like this nasty herb. That leaves us with the only viable option, chamomile. Unlike the other two candidates it isn’t overexposed and would actually be something new for many Chicago gardeners. It’s aromatic, edible and the blooms are really attractive. Can the other two candidates say that? Well, I suppose they could but nobody should believe them. I have it on good authority that basil and cilantro are prone to telling fibs. Unlike chamomile who is above reproach. So, when you go to the One Seed Chicago ballot box cast your vote for chamomile.
Working on One Seed Chicago I have a lot of influence on the project, but unfortunately I can’t rig the election. So I need your help. If you have a blog you can take the picture from this post and write a post explaining why Chicagoans should vote for chamomile. If you don’t have a blog you can link your friends on Facebook or Twitter to the ballot box and tell them to cast a vote for chamomile. Together we can make chamomile the herb that Chicagoans across our city will be growing in their own garden. You can even hold a One Seed Chicago election in your school, workplace, library, garden club meeting, or anywhere Chicagoans gather. Download the volunteer polling booth and teacher resource kit here(PDF).
Vote for Chamomile, the herb with sex appeal!
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