Twas a beautiful Winter’s day, warm and sunny, rain was anticipated for the coming days ahead, so I decided to do some Seed Saving and share a little bit of the process.The video below shows some of the methods I use to clean and store Seed, two of the many critical aspects that allow the wheel of Life to turn with grace and harmony. The video is a lil long, but I shared what I could as best I could, hope it makes sense 😉
Most modern societies have lost their connection to Seed, yet our ancestors revered Seed, it was critical to life, to thriving and surviving.
“By the 1880s, seed companies had begun to make hybrid seeds widely and inexpensively available, and by the early 20th century many gardeners no longer saved their own seed, relying instead on the seed companies to provide new and improved varieties each year. Nearly a century later, it is uncommon to find a gardener who saves seed. But interest in heirloom gardening and seed saving is growing!” http://www.indiana.edu/~libwylie/garden_why.html
I recommend this great product, the Seed Vault, it’s one of the easiest ways to secure a load of seed that can potentially feed your whole family and neighbors! Perfect for those starting out in self-sustaiability and living as one with nature and the land.. Remember to plant some of your seeds for seed saving, not just for eating, that way you will never have to buy them agian.
We need to realise that without access to natural, vital, heirloom seed in diversity and abundance, our lives and our future generations lives are in dire straights. We need to be one step beyond, Monsanto and DuPont saw this connection decades ago, and have capitalized on it, but most people are well behind the 8 ball. “Biodiversity among our food crops has plummeted over the past fifty years following the meteoric rise of industrial agriculture. Only 4% of the commercial vegetable varieties being grown in 1903 are still in cultivation today. In their place, vast fields of genetically modified corn, canola, cotton and soy now blanket the world’s farmlands. Multinational agribusiness corporations like Monsanto and DuPont realized early on that control over the seeds was the key to global domination of food supplies. Over the past two decades these industrial giants have aggressively swallowed up dozens of smaller seed companies in a cutthroat race for market supremacy. According to the latest figures from the ETC Group, a sustainable agriculture think tank, Monsanto sits at the top of the pile raking in 27 percent of total seed sales worldwide.” http://www.realitysandwich.com/sowing_revolution
Business and commerce depend upon consumerism, if you don’t buy it, they won’t sell it. So don’t buy GMO food or seed, source your food and seed from trusted local growers who care for the Earth and use no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, etc Support local growers markets, grow your own, save and share your seed. Ask your parents and grandparents if they have any family seed lying around, ask them if they have any stories about your families connection to seed and growing food. You will be surprised, for most this vast chasm from natural living cultures and family life to the modern consuming robot culture and family is quite new… But don’t be fooled, we as a global humanity are in crisis, the situation for most is utter dependance on corporations and industrial agri business, a very precarious and unhealthy way to live.
“The current paradigm of food—centrally controlled by profiteering corporations and besieged by the life-destroying government policies that support them—stands in stark contrast to the sovereign agriculture of our ancestors. Seed saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 12,000 years. But in less than a century’s time, this once fundamental part of the human experience has largely disappeared. The transition from rural agrarianism to urbanization has led to increasingly fewer people growing food and interacting with seeds. When the industrial storm of the “Green Revolution” gave rise to mammoth-scale monoculture farms, saving one’s own seed for replanting became far too cumbersome a prospect—not to mention, genetically undesirable and contractually illegal with the advent of hybrids and gene patenting. In just a few generations, both the time-honored knowledge of seed saving and many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction.” http://www.realitysandwich.com/sowing_revolution
Like most situations the soil-ution lie’s in our hands, our choices, our hearts, our strength to stand tall for what is right, to protect our heritage, our humanity.. Corporations do not own the seed our ancestors nurtured and shared, just as they do not own the Sun or the Stars, no matter how much BS they will tell you. “It’s time we sow more good. The last several decades of industrial agriculture have developed seed that is suited to intensive chemical agriculture. While this has sometimes resulted in higher yields, it has come with very real costs. Unintended consequences include air and water pollution, increased pesticide use, greater dependence on fossil fuels, degraded soil health, and the loss of biological and genetic diversity. These are facts.
The success of diverse, regional, and resilient food systems requires a different approach to seed – an organic approach.” http://www.seedmatters.org/germination/how-and-why-we-germinated/
It’s time to unite, to share, to appreciate those who nurture the diversity of life, those who protect our Mother Earth. It’s time to follow the leaders, the ones who care for life, ecology, biodiversity, peace and nature, beyond self and greed. The leaders of the old world are redundant and useless, they have left us a garbage tip, they have lied and stolen from us, their time has come, with knowledge comes freedom. Freedom given is freedom found, paradise is a co-creation.