Seed Project


Funded by the Seed Grant through the Irish Hospice Foundation 

In the tranquil embrace of the Sligo children’s community garden, a profound lesson unfolds – the cycle of grief and regeneration mirrors the essence of compost. As children learn to nurture and compost organic waste, they witness nature's alchemy at work. Just as fallen leaves and snack scraps metamorphose into nutrient-rich soil, so too does grief, in its gentlest moments, pave the path for renewal.


Compost infused with the essence of emotions, the children embark on another remarkable chapter of their garden-journey – planting pea seeds. Little and big hands, they lovingly nestle the seeds within the nourishing layers, symbolizing the act of sowing hope. As the days pass, a sense of anticipation fills the air, mirroring the mix of emotions that come with tending to both the garden and the heart.

Just as the compost fosters the transformation of waste into life-giving sustenance, tiny green shoots emerge from the soil, reaching toward the sun with unyielding determination.  The children care for their pea plants with unwavering dedication, just as they have cared for their compost with patience and tenderness. Each day, they water and nurture the plants, fostering a connection that extends beyond the surface, deeper into the mysteries of life's cycles.

And then, as if in celebration of the journey they've undertaken, the pea plants bear sweet, plump pods, a testament to the extraordinary power of regeneration. In the end, the garden becomes a tapestry of interconnectedness, where compost and peas stand as living symbols of the human experience – where grief finds solace and healing, and where the cycle of life perpetually reminds us that hope and growth emerge from the most unlikely places. And so, the children learn that in embracing the cycle of compost and peas, they embrace the profound resilience of the human spirit and the ever-present capacity for new beginnings.

“I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against,
if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential.”
Vandana Shiva