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seed money

by Lea Redmond $16.00
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Grow Your Green

These special coins may look like small change, but the change they make can bring pure delight. Instead of metal, they're minted from handmade paper embedded with seeds, so you can plant them in the ground and watch your investment grow.

There are four different coins with charming designs on front and back from Lea Redmond, and each one carries a different kind of seed: pennies grow non-invasive flowers such as Black-Eyed Susan, Spurred Snapdragon, and Shirley Poppy; nickles grow herbs like thyme, dill, basil and cilantro; dimes sprout root vegetables like carrot, parsnip, and turnip; quarters grow a salad mix with bibb, Black Simpson, Salad Bowl Red, radicchio, and endive. The coins look like hand-drawn versions of real money and are printed on a letterpress, which gives them a realistic, 3D texture. The front of each is emblazoned with the motto "In soil we trust," and words on the back direct the recipient to plant the coin. Plant them, gift them, drop them on the sidewalk for others to pick up, leave some with your tip at a restaurant, hide some in a vending machine coin slot—you'll spread seeds of happiness wherever you go. Made in the USA.

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seeds, cotton, recycled paper, letter press ink
Coins: .7"- .78" dia: 50 coins
Planting and care instructions: Plant coins .25" underneath soil in sunny area and keep moist for 2 weeks to encourage sprouting,then separate and space appropriately to grow wildflowers, herbs, and vegetables. Seeds will keep for 1-3 years; store in a cool dry place.

Each bag of 50 will include 20 pennies (wildflowers), 10 nickels (herbs), 10 dimes (root crops), and 10 quarters (salad greens).
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Lea Redmond

Lea Redmond

Lea Redmond believes that even the smallest, subtlest experience can change the world. She is graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she studied philosophy, politics and environmental studies. Her honors senior thesis project was about the curious ways that artifacts and words can catch our attention and invite us to have life-changing insights. Before setting up her creative studio, Lea curated an exhibit about the history of wool in the Pacific Northwest, spread the word about Fair Trade Certified coffee, taught a bookmaking and haiku class at The Edible Schoolyard, coordinated a creek restoration project in Oregon, and even assisted a scent alchemist for a spell.

Leafcutter Designs, her creative workshop in Oakland, CA seeks to create a more playful, peaceful world by offering curious goods, surprising services, and participatory projects. She is passionate about making things that spark thinking, tell stories, and invite others to imagine.

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