The Seed: Indeed

Art Barker, a self-proclaimed war hero, was in reality a felon convicted of armed robbery, and a homeless, drunkard from New York. Barker didn’t like winters huddled in vacant doorways of the big city, so he slithered his way south to the shores of Miami, Florida. For a bum like Barker, sleeping on the warm beaches was a superior alternative to the cold nights he spent huddled in a vacant doorway in the Bowery. Having no formal education, or any prior experience working with children, Barker hatched a plan that would become a cult organization known as, The Seed.

Despite the military looking jacket, Barker had  a dishonorable discharge from the military.

The Seed incorporated fear, and mind control as the weapon of choice to convince parents that a heroin epidemic was on its way to south Florida (from New York). He convinced parents that if they didn’t turn their kids over to him, their kids were going to end up hooked on heroin, and be dead, in jail, or insane.

The Seed corporate logo.

The pandemic caused mass hysteria throughout the state of Florida and parents, en mass, turned their children over to Barker, and his egregious experiment. He used convicted felons, and drug addicts as counselors, and staff to run the program. Soon Barker had 24/7 custody of children ranging nine to seventeen-years-old. The courts suddenly began to sentence droves of teenagers, and young adults to Barker’s program as an alternative to incarceration. After spending only a short time at The Seed many gladly opted for incarceration over the brutal psychological, emotional, and physical torture they received at the hand of Barker, and his untrained and unskilled staff.

The first facility The Seed used to warehouse what Barker dubbed, “the kids” was an abandoned building near the Everglades swamps in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The program tactics were intentionally kept a secret from the judges, and prosecutors that mandated children into the program. Parents who voluntarily handed their children over to Barker were kept in the dark as well regarding the “techniques” the program rigorously enforced. These parents had not known that Barker was a convicted felon, an alcoholic, and a pedophile who preferred underage teenage girls, many that were kept in the same highly supervised apartment buildings for him to have access to.

The well hidden secrets The Seed used were in reality fear, intimidation, brainwashing, rape, violence, imprisonment, confinement, ratting on peers for reward, kidnapping, and abduction. This would be the daily life of anyone who was unfortunate to have been forced into Barker’s web of deceit.

Unfortunately, the author of this article’s mother was one of the parents that attended The Seed parent indoctrination program. “My mother had done no research, or investigation into what the program was really all about. Parents that attended these meetings were given license plates to put on their cars to show their support for a program they actually knew nothing about. They were also expected to turn over their wallets. Those that couldn’t afford to pay large “donations” spent their time making hundreds of peanut butter sandwiches, and gallons of Kool Aid, which was the program’s main source of sustenance.”

The Seed “Loves” You license plate.

No formal charges were ever brought against Barker, because too many judges, prosecutors, city officials, and high-profile residents with deep pockets, and political connections had colluded with him, and his failed experiment. There can be little doubt the judges, and prosecutors who were responsible for sending hundreds, and hundreds of kids to The Seed were getting paid under the table. If you think that’s not possible you need look no further than the following two links:

Kids For Cash Scandal.
PA Child Care.

The following are video archived television footage provided by the Florida Moving Image Archives of Miami-Dade Public Library. These segments originally aired as a special presentation titled, A Seed Of Hope, on WTVJ News in Miami, Florida. These clips expose how children were manipulated with peer pressure, and the great levels of incompetence that existed, and still does within Florida’s judiciary, and prosecutorial offices, and how children were brainwashed, to conform to The Seed cult form of behavioral modification. Sadly, these  for profit schemes continue to flourish throughout the U.S. even today.

A Seed Of Hope Part One.
A Seed Of Hope Part Two.
A Seed Of Hope Part Three.

10 Responses to The Seed: Indeed

  1. Kevin M. says:

    I understand. I was there in Ft. Lauderdale 1973-1974. You are right, it takes years to come back from the trauma inflicted upon us. I would be very interested in reading your Master’s Thesis.

  2. F. Mitchell says:

    I was there from 1972 to 1976.

    I wrote my masters thesis on cults and mind control as a way to make sense of how every part of my thinking was manipulated.

    It was abusive, deprived of sleep, food, water.

    We would break out into groups separating males from females on Fridays and staff had you stand up to get feedback on whether you were ready to go home.

    I would stand in terror as staff and others screamed and yelled at me for not sharing in the group “rap” sessions. I would freeze in terror, the only reason I could not share is because I was terrified.

    The brainwashing was powerful and took me many years to heal from.

  3. sasrq57 says:

    I was there from Feb/1975 to Jan/1976. It was absolute hell.

  4. Heidi says:

    I was there in 71/72 14 years old.

    All memory’s of my time there have been packed and put away for many years now.

    I just don’t know what my parents were thinking when they left me there….

    • Amy says:

      I, too was 14, abducted, isolated, brainwashed and worse.

      The toughest part is that my parents thought this would “cure” me.

  5. Diane says:

    I was on my way to The Seed, but mypParents sensed something was wrong and took me home. I had dear, close friends (Coconut Creek)…they were sent there and came back like brainwashed zombies. They wouldnt speak to or look at you….they would hang with other “seedlings.” They were never the same again.

    My one friend kind of came out of it and was maid of honor for me when I got married. At 64, I have found her and lost her and found her… only to have her run away never to be found again. I guess I know why now.

    She was in a very controlling marriage and I worried for her.

    I was researching MKUltra, which is what brought me to remember this about The Seed.

    With the compliance of judges and others in legal authorities… I highly suspect this was an MKUltra program.

    They stole lives. Innocent lives.

    I am appalled and disgusted and I think someone should shine a bright light on this!

    Especially now.

  6. Tracy says:

    I was there from November 1970 to January 1971. I had my 16th birthday there. I am truly shocked to here these stories. My experience was quite different. Though I was not a hardcore junkie, I did my fair share of smoking and drinking. I don’t know if I would be here today if not for The Seed. The expression “If I can help just one person …” I guess was meant for me. Though I am grateful for the help I got, I am heartsick that so many were hurt. My prayers go out to all of you for healing.

  7. Nance says:

    Was there in 73-74.

    Thank you for doing that, I was never that brave.

    I am almost 60 and while reading an articile in the Sun, those memories flooded back. Nightmares for 3 nights now. I wish there was a support group for all of us.

    I was there when I was 13 and like many others never did any drugs. There are no words to express how badly it affected me. I lived in Jupiter, so I was there a full year. No school or any type of freedom other than smoking. I still bear those scars, they took a young girl, broke her and then only built her up to a mindless follower.

    It is horrible to have all those memories flood back. No one would believe what truly went on there, so much is not yet told.

    Jeanne, I am so sorry, no child should have ever had to be subjected to what happened there. I just wish they were held accountable.

    I too wish I could speak to some others. Like you said they broke us, and then built us into their robots. I hope you can find peace, I know it is hard.

  8. Tom says:

    I was there in 1970.

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