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grassroots seed network

Maine farmer, seed curator forms new grass-roots group
By Mary Pols for the Portland Press Herald, February 16
After a rift in the community of seed-savers, Will Bonsall takes matters into his own hands to continue protecting hundreds of varieties of potatoes and other plants.

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Read the full article HERE
and check out the Grassroots Seed Network!


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online, international seed swap!

Seems like a work in progress, but a great idea. pavot

Graines de Troc
It is a online platform where everyone can share and trade seeds. We all build the same available list. Each shipment of seeds is worth a token that allows members to choose any variety in the list. Swapping is an opportunity to try another sharing system. Graines De Troc make it easy and magical. All seeds, except hybrids, can be shared. The web is fine, but we also encourage and promote every local swap.

 


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a new seed company in the finger lakes!

we love seeing new companies pop up.  Fruition Seeds!
Check out their Kickstarter, Blog and Facebook page

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Fruition Seeds grows three acres of certified organic seed in the Finger Lakes of New York and collaborates with several other regional certified growers to offer outstanding organic vegetable, herb, flower and grain seed in the Northeast.

A life-long seed saver, story collector and adventurer native to the Finger Lakes, Petra Page-Mann loves all things Small and Unassuming. For the last decade she’s travelled the globe, soaking in the wisdom of small scale, ecological agriculture and is glad to be home in the hills, beginning a seed company called Fruition with her partner Matthew Goldfarb.


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$250 bonus for growing out seed

For our friends are the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Seems like a pretty useful bit of subsidy.  Even if the slots are filled for the cash it’s worth participating.

Dear Growers,

Greetings from the Hudson Valley Seed Library! You’re receiving this e-mail because you have expressed interest at some point (as recently as yesterday, as long ago as 2008) in producing seed for the Seed Library. We hope you’ve had a good winter–a real one, this year!–and are looking forward to the start of the growing season.

Based on our successes and failures with the Seed Stewards Network program in past years, we have revised our program to ensure a successful and happy experience for all who choose to take part. We hope that these changes will help us create lasting partnerships with growers that can help seed production blossom in the Northeast.

The key improvements are the use of a Google Doc Spreadsheet to coordinate this year’s Growout and a clear payment schedule so that growers know what to expect before getting started.

In addition, we’re excited to announce that we have received a SARE grant this year to study the impact of disease on small-scale organic seed production in the Northeast! Continue reading


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community seed swap

and many more events from Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tompkins County

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Community Seed Swap
Join us for the first ever Seedy Sunday in Ithaca on Sunday February 24, from 11:00am to 3:00pm! Bring your extra seeds to swap and share with others – they can be home-saved seeds or purchased seeds that you have in surplus. Plus talks and workshops on seed saving and community seed libraries. Free event!

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Screening of the film Seeds of Freedom, featuring environmental activist Vandana Shiva. Continue reading


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seeds of freedom

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Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture.

Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system. Continue reading


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farm jobs at the seed library

Two Excellent opportunities, greenhorns.  The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a special place.

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FARMER or FARM COUPLE
Seeking experienced farmer or farm couple with a minimum of 2 years farm management and 4-5 years organic growing experience to continue growing on 1+ acres already in no till production while developing an addition 20+ acres for future organic vegetable and seed production. Farmer will be provided with shared housing, land access, start-up budget, existing farm stand, and assistance with marketing, publicity, and educational events. CSA or market growing experience preferred. Willingness to work collaboratively with local seed company, farm school, botanic illustrator, and food bank. Starts Feb 2013, minimum 3 year commitment. Become part of a neighborhood farm community in the Hudson Valley (Accord, NY) that includes the Hudson Valley Seed Library www.seedlibrary.org, Hollengold Farm hwww.hollengoldfarm.com, Westwind Organic Orchard, Hudson Valley Farm School, and Rondout Valley Growers Association. Cover letter, resume, references to: Ken Greene, ken@seedlibrary.org. Continue reading


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report back from the food sovereignty movement

on seeds…

Surin Declaration: First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Peasant Seeds
November 6 -12, 2012; Surin, Thailand

(Photos os the First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Peasant Seeds)

La Via Campesina International delegates, representing our regional member organizations, are meeting in Surin province of Thailand in Asia to have the First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Seeds. The main objective is for La Via Campesina to share experience and construct a strategy and vision on agroecology and seeds, in the holistic understanding that both are part of the struggle to achieve food sovereignty.

Thailand has been chosen as the place of the meeting because in this country there is a growing shift made by small-scale farmers to move from the green revolution based model of industrial farming into agroecology. The presence of international delegates will support the growth of the agroecological farmers movement in Thailand, who declare that “the survival of small-scale farmers is the survival of society!” The delegates as part of this encounter are learning much from this experience as to strengthen peasant farmer agroecology. Continue reading


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seed saving workshop

Growing for Future Sowing: Saving Quality Seed from Your Farm’s Fields
Date:  August 28, 2012
Location: Hudson Valley Seed Library: 484 Mettacohonts Rd., Accord, NY 12404 (Ulster Co)
Time: 3:30 PM-6:00 PM
If you’d like to start saving seed on your small diversified organic farm, this field day will offer you a strong foundation.  A tour of the Hudson Valley Seed Library’s seed production farm will provide examples of the isolation and pollination techniques used to maintain pure seed varieties. Our discussion will cover distancing, timing of successions, caging and hand-pollinating. Continue reading


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BASIL seed swap this friday!

Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) 13th Annual Seed Swap. Friday, March 30, 2012, 7pm – 9pm.

Potluck supper, hoe down music, home-grown garden seeds, and the company of fantastic local gardeners! Come learn about seed saving classes and the Library. There will be presentations from Rachel Pachivas from the Lebel GMO’s campaign and Fred Hempel farmer/plant breeder at Baia Nicchia Farm. BASIL is a project of the Ecology Center.

Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, near Dwight Way, Berkeley
Bring food and seeds to share or $10 donation.


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such a power resource

Organic Seed Alliance‘s mission is to support the ethical development and stewardship of seed. Our advocacy program pursues the implementation of ethical values in seed systems. In particular we believe that organic agriculture holds the potential for the development of a new model of decentralized seed systems that serve community needs.

While there are many risks to organic seed systems – contamination by genetically engineered (GE) crops, concentration in the seed industry and patents, lack of infrastructure and funds for public and open-source breeding – there are also advances and opportunities at hand. Continue reading

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