It takes a better estimator than I to guess just how many seeds we've planted so far this season. Safe to say, it's at least hundreds of thousands. As we tend to plants we seeded in March and April (basil, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes), we are awaiting the germination of our some of our newly-seeded Fall crops (rutabaga, carrots, beets, Napa cabbage, and more). Not only is figuring out a season's worth of seeding a great act of planning, it can also be an act of ethics and intention - and autonomy for that matter!
The word "sovereignty" is gaining some momentum in the world of food. It refers to an individual's or a people's ability to securely provide food for themselves. A piece of this "food security" concept includes "seed sovereignty
," control over the secure sourcing, acquisition, production, and use of our seeds. This is an increasingly pressing issue as we see the consolidation of the seed supply
to fewer and fewer corporations.
To answer to this pressure, Community Farm has been very intentional in the sourcing of our seeds. We make sure to support seed companies such as Turtle Tree
whose values and practices mirror our own. We often save our own seeds from crops such as tomatoes, squash, and beans. Speaking of squash, we also have the privilege of helping to grow out a very rare and ancient squash grown by Native American tribes in the Midwest region. Click here
to read a story done by NPR on the revival of this very squash!
Farm intern Anthea recently returned from a visit to the Seed Savers Exchange
conference, filled with inspiration at the great group of people dedicated to preserving these important pieces of our culture, our history. Seeds have stories to tell and communities to build! As many of you have your own gardens at home, we hope you'll explore the vast possibilities of seeds - and experiment with saving and sharing your own. We're happy to help in the process!