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


3 comments:

  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!

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

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  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.

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