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.
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 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.”
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:
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.