The Poppy Project
... Is a sustainable alternative to the traditional red, plastic poppy. Unlike the plastic poppy, the seed paper poppy will decompose in your garden and will bloom in the spring.
2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada, a lasting symbol of hope since the First World War. In 1915, Canadian Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem, 'In Flanders Fields.'
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies
grow in Flanders Fields.
The poppy, adopted as the symbol of Remembrance by the Canadian Legion in 1921, became a huge commemorative success as millions of people pinned the bright red flower over their hearts to show their solidarity to the men and women who had made such great sacrifice.
Today, the Royal Canadian Legion continues its Poppy Campaign. The money raised provides financial assistance to veterans and their families, as well as funding for medical equipment, medical research, home services, long-term care facilities and much more. The remarkably delicate flower is a symbol of hope and a reminder to never forget those who gave their lives for our freedoms.
"The poppy making process was an incredible learning experience for all of us! The children, families and staff loved the idea of sustainable poppies! We will definitely make them again next year. We plan to bury a plastic poppy and our left over sustainable poppy paper pieces in our worm bin and watch to see what happens over time." - Michelle Hill, Teacher, Kindergarten, West Oaks Public School, Thames Valley District School Board
How to Make Seed Paper
The Poppy Project in the Media
The Poppy Project would not have been possible without the assistance of many.
Our Generous Sponsors
Ontario Seed Company (OSC) - donated the poppy seeds
Sterling Marking Products - produced and donated ink stamps for instructional packages
Loblaw Super Store (Oxford Street East, London)
Royal Canadian Legion - donated pins for the poppies
Fanshawe Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services - printing and packaging
Fanshawe School of Design - printing and packaging
Programs Involved in the Project
Fashion Marketing and Management
Library and Media Services
Special thanks to Jacquelin Ong, Jacquelin Bradica, Nicholas Folkes, Brianna Davies, Dana Morningstar, Brian Harris, Erica Batten, Mary Curry, Darlene O'Neill, Annette Markvoort, Ian Butcher, Nikita Miller, Tracy McIntyre, Lorrie Dunn, Drew Ellwood, Deb Trotechaud, Elizabeth Oakley and Ben Robinson.
General Support of the Project
School of Design
Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services
Fanshawe's Military-Connected Campus Initiative
The Poppy Design is a registered trademark of The Royal Canadian Legion, Dominion Command and is used under license.
Le motif du coquelicot est une marque déposée de la Direction nationale de La Légion royale canadienne et est employée sous licence.