In Paul Fleischman's novel Seedfolks, Sam appears as the sixth character vignette in a story about a community that comes together over the planting of a garden in a vacant lot.
Sam is important to the novel because he is the one who notices the segregation in the garden and works to bring people together. Sam says that it's just what he does, bringing people together:
You've seen fishermen mending the rips in their nets. That's what I do, only with people. I used to try to patch up the whole world. For thirty-six years I worked for different groups, promoting world government, setting up conferences on pacifism, raising money, stuffing envelopes. Not that I've given up the fight. I've just switched battlefields. From the entire planet to this corner of Clevelan
Sam notices people and engages them, whereas many of the others in the neighborhood ignore each other. He gives a teenager a job tilling the soil and gives a third grader a job hauling...
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