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.”

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Plant A Seed Saturday and Photo Contest

Give a Shit about Bees  is having an event Saturday, September 7, 2013 called PASS Plant a Seed Saturday:

“PASS – Plant A Seed Saturday
This month we are asking you to plant some garlic (just break your garlic into cloves and plant). Virtually every part of the plant can be put on your plate and their flowers are perfect for bees. Garlic is also relatively easy to grow and is a powerful, anti-bacterial, anti-viral herb. Each clove has the potential to produce a full garlic with cloves that could see you through for a week or more. Leave to flower and harvest later or pick out garlic just before flowering for bulbous garlic. Again, we are counting on you – big or small – to help out. For container gardening, place 1 clove per 6-8 inch pot. Please invite everyone on your friends’ list to partake in this event and lets spread the seeds around the world.”

To sweeten the pot they are having a photo contest for participants:

GASAB planting photo contest jpgClick on the above flyer to see better or visit GASAB’s poster on Facebook here.

The biggest action you can take on behalf of all pollinators is to plant nectar and pollen sources for them and be part of creating nourishing habitat.

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”

How to Choose? Open Pollinated vs. Hybrid Seeds

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

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

Understanding Heirloom Vegetables

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

$5.00 Gardening Classes at Thanksgiving Point

Local – Utah County, Utah  Thanksgiving Point  Saturday, 2/23/13
On Saturday, February 23rd, Thanksgiving Point is hosting its yearly Spring Backyard Gardening Workshops.  All classes are $5 each, with a few exceptions, and range all over the gardening topics out there from seeds to bees to pruning to chickens.  I’ll be teaching about herbs, gardening month by month in Utah and beginning organic gardening – provided the baby decides to wait that long!
Go to to register on Thanksgiving Point’s website – you must register to attend and most years you can plan to do that on site if you don’t get around to it beforehand.  BUT, our education coordinator has said she’s already had to up the registration limits because so many people are wanting to attend this year so please don’t delay!

Volunteer Teachers Needed For Salt Lake County Seed Swap Meetings

We’re fleshing out our class schedule for this year and are in need of teachers to help us out!  The classes are listed below and if you or anyone you’re familiar with has a passion for and some experience with these topics, please don’t hesitate to volunteer.
Classes should last about 45 minutes; the rest of the meeting will be dedicated to business and scheduled swaps.  You should plan for all levels of gardening experience amongst those you’re teaching.  If you are interested please send us a message on our Facebook page or as a comment to this post with your contact e-mail information.
*March – Covered Garden Class – how to grow in a greenhouse, hoop house, cold frame; how to grow year round  (You get the entire 1 ½ hours for this one).  Anything we should know regarding seed saving while employing these methods?
* April – Compost for the Home Gardener – explanation of the basics and ideas real people, with real backyards can use.  How does compost influence seed production?
* May – Water Wise Irrigation Options for the Home Gardener.  How does water influence seed production?
* June – Melons and Peppers – how do we get them to grow and thrive?!  How do we save the seeds?
*July – Backyard Poultry and the rules for Salt Lake County – what are some backyard options and what’s legal where we live?  How are chickens useful in the garden?
* September – Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners – how to get started and where to find equipment and bees here in the valley.  How do bees influence seed production?