Seeds the Buried Beginnings of Food – Semran Sethi

“The buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Environmental journalist Simran Sethi takes us beneath our plates to explore the erosion of what we grow and eat. Through an exploration of agricultural biodiversity, seed monocultures and consolidation, and the small-scale farmers who continue to grow much of the world’s food, Simran explains what we all can do to ensure the security and sovereignty of our seed and food.”

 

Ron Finley: Food Forest

“This film tells the story of a South Los Angeles edible garden planted in a surprising spot. Ron Finley, its planter, constructed the garden the way he wishes his neighborhood could be. And his vision of re-purposing unused open space, like that of many others working together on urban agriculture in our city, should inspire us all, and remind us of how, with a little creativity of vision, and willingness to get our hands dirty, we can remake spaces defined by asphalt and dead grass into productive places of beauty.”

Farmers’ lack of bees might be solved by going wild

“The findings have important implications for agricultural and land-use policies worldwide, said study leader Lucas A. Garibaldi, an agricultural scientist at the National University of Rio Negro in Argentina: Unless habitats for wild insects are protected and nurtured, farmers around the world could face a future of drastically lower yields.

Scientists have long warned that plowing landscapes into vast, single-crop fields and orchards eliminates the range of soil, wildflowers and other vegetation that is crucial to support multiple species of wild pollinators, including bees, flies, beetles and butterflies. As these insect populations have dwindled, farmers have resorted to using rented interlopers, generally Apis mellifera, during flowering season.

“Honeybees cannot replace the service wild bees provide,” Garibaldi said. “Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes matters and can help increase production.”

To read the full article go here:

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/28/science/la-sci-wild-pollinators-20130301

Dennis vanEngelsdorp: Where have the bees gone?

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How to Choose? Open Pollinated vs. Hybrid Seeds

Tom Stearns writing for High Mowing Seeds talks about hybrid seeds here:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/inside-hybrid-seeds/

Jacob Keszey over at High Mowing Seeds tells you the differences and how to choose:

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/blog/how-to-choose-open-pollinated-vs-hybrid-varieties/

Understanding Heirloom Vegetables

A quick review of gardening terms that are pertinent to heirloom growers – like what exactly does “heirloom” mean?

http://gardennaturally.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/understanding-heirloom-vegetables/