Poster for May 22, 2014 Swap

seed swap posterPlease, if you have the time, print out a copy and post it at your local library and community boards. We want to see as many new friends as possible. ~ Bethany (President)

Hope to see you there! ~ Raven (Social Media Coordinator)

Salt Lake County Seed Swap Meeting Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just a reminder this months seed swap and meeting are this Thursday!! We will be voting on a lot of important issues so please try to come if you can.
1013791_719668431416946_2088085214_nCome join us for our monthly seed swap! We will also be taking votes as to where our members would like to meet in the future, and how the monthly meetings should be held( Just a swap, classes, tours, or all of the above) I am sorry the location isn’t closer to the old location I have been having a very hard time reserving rooms at libraries.
When:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Where: Kearns Library  – Directions
5350 S 4220 W, Kearns, UT 84118
(801) 943-4636

Seed Act

“SEED ACT aims to inspire social engagement – sensorial, aromatic, engaging and activating, the film will constitute an action in itself.
Informing about the current situation of traditional seed varieties, imminent threats – loss of biodiversity, state of the food system, legislation, …
Questioning the role of seeds in our society, the direction being pointed out, new seed laws and patents on life.
Activating – waking up ears and consciousnesses, show real and possible inspiring lives and stimulate the willingness to take action for free seeds.”

Visit their website.

8:31:13 cute sleeping beePhoto: Raven Simons©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc
all rights reserved, used with permission

The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist – A Seed Hero

“A new film, ‘The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist’ tells the story of a seed hero. Dr Debal Deb is a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity. Over almost two decades, Debal has managed to save 920 varieties of rice, all of which he stores in community based seed banks in West Bengal and Odisha for farmers. This film follows the construction of a new seed bank premises in Odisha, a venture that provides a potent symbol of Debal’s values.

As we saw in Seeds of Freedom, small-scale traditional farmers and their rich diversity of locally adapted seed varieties are being written out of the story of seed. They are the victims of an aggressive global lobbying effort, designed to convince a world terrified about food security that the corporatization of the global food system, involving transgenic seeds, is the only way to feed the world.

But there are those who dispute this narrative – seed heroes, men and women, from around the world – who understand that the key to a healthy food system lies in maintaining the immense local and regional bio-cultural diversity of seeds and traditional farming methods. Their work to uphold farmland and community resilience and health has never been more important.”

8:31:13 okay beePhoto by Raven Simons©2012 Shapeshifting, Inc.
all rights reserved

Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Seed Saving

“we learn from the seed renewal
we learn from the seed generosity
we learn from the seed multiplicity
we learn from the seed diversity”
Vandana Shiva”

Salt Lake County Seed Swap BOD Meeting This Thursday – 5/23

Please join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 P.M. at the Tyler Library in Midvale for the May meeting of the Salt Lake County Seed Swap.  Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors or any standing committee is encouraged to attend.  This board of directors’ meeting will be held in lieu of a May general meeting.

Ruth Vine Tyler Library                                                                                                 Wood St, Midvale, UT 84047

Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.

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.”