Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Seeds on my Mind

These days as I sort through my jars and packets of seeds, I think about spring and the first little plants that will pop up out of the ground. I also think about our modern seed system.

Seeds are on my mind often, even when I'm not playing with them. I think about how they are grown. I imagine the plant breeders and farmers cultivating these seeds, and I wonder how many other people are thinking about seeds also.

I buy my seeds from local producers, or save them from plants that will produce for me. I teach others how to save seed, and talk about the dangers of consolidation of the seed system to anyone who will listen. I have been working on this for quite some time through the seed bank I started, but now I am preparing to take it to a larger audience. As I work on my next seed project, I wonder what people's concerns and questions are- not gardening questions- but questions about the seed system. How they get from the field to the packet to your mailbox.

If you're curious, go ahead and ask- this is what I'm thinking about right now, and your questions will help me create a useful body of work.

lettuce going to seed


  1. You seem a bit obsessed with seeds. Right on! I just placed some seed orders for the Wendell Berry Community Garden. Spring is near!

  2. Can you blame me? Which seed companies did you order from? Uprising? Siskiyou? Adaptive? Wild Garden? Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. We got most of our seeds from Bountiful, Tomatoes and Peppers from Baker Creek, and a few odds and ends from Territorial. Potato seed fromm Irish Eyes.