A Public Network of Seed Stewards = Preserving genetic diversity

Amy Franceschini, Lead Artist
Amy Franceschini’s art practice questions and challenges social, cultural and environmental systems through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices manifested "on" and "offline" in the form of dynamic websites, installations, open-access laboratories, and educational platforms that encourage new formats for engagement and production. Often taking form as long-term engagements with the public, Amy's projects interrogate the politics of space and ways that globalization affects the natural and built environment. The images of growth pervading her work invoke an appreciation for finite resources and function as a metaphor to value and nurture our own creative resources.

Amy founded Futurefarmers in 1995, and Free Soil in 2004. Her solo and collaborative work have been included in exhibitions internationally including ZKM, Whitney Museum, NYMOMA and SFMOMA. She is the recipient of the Artadia Award, Eureka Fellowship and SFMOMA SECA. BFA, San Francisco State University; MFA, Stanford University.

Matt Gonzalez, Collaborator/ Liaison
Matt Gonzalez graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1987 where he studied Political Theory and Comparative Literature. In 1990 he received his J.D. from Stanford Law School where he a member of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. In 2000, Gonzalez became the first member of the Green Party to win elective office in San Francisco. He was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 5, which includes the Haight, Western Addition, and Inner Sunset neighborhoods. Gonzalez is also a strong supporter of the arts and hosted a monthly art opening in his office at City Hall.  Matt is an important part of this collaborative constellation, as he understands the role of the artist as cultural worker and the importance of art and civic engagement and he will serve as the liaison with city agencies and development of VG2007+.

SFMOMA, Presenting organization + educational support
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has commissioned an exhibition of VG2007+ as well as providing programmatic support and publicity.

Arcangelo Wessells, Gardener/ Botanist
Arcangelo Wessells is the inaugural VG2007+ gardener.

Garden for the Environment
Garden for the Environment, through its nationally acclaimed one-acre urban demonstration garden, offers environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems.  Since its founding in 1995, the garden has operated as a demonstration site for small-scale urban ecological food production, organic gardening and low water-use landscaping. Today, GFE ’s programs include four central educational elements; a three month intensive Gardening and Composting Educator Training program, monthly Compost Education workshops conducted at the garden and community gardens throughout San Francisco, the Resource Efficient Landscape Education series, and the School Education program offered in partnership with San Francisco Unified School District and San Francisco’s Department of the Environment.  GFE provides a physical garden site and integration of VG2007+ into their existing educational programs, horticultural expertise and administrative support. 

Shaggy and Nathan of the Big Blue house on Balboa- first Victory Gardeners taking an oath to tend, harvest and save seeds.