“Seeds are a gift of nature, of past generations and diverse cultures. As such it is our inherent duty and responsibility to protect them and to pass them on to future generations. Seeds are the first link in the food chain, and the embodiment of biological and cultural diversity, and the repository of life’s future evolution.”
– from MANIFESTO ON THE FUTURE OF SEEDS Produced by The International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture (for free download go to www.vandanashiva.org)
I hope to collect open-pollinated seeds to take with us on our sailing trip to give to farmers and gardeners along the way. In this age of genetic modification and seed patenting, it is increasingly important to share seeds and put the power of food security in the hands of the common people. Food security on islands is especially fragile because resources and accessibility are limited.
Many seeds that have been around for generations are being lost causing our global seed bank to become less diverse. As we travel, I plan to visit farms and home gardens to see and learn what people are growing and where their food is coming from. If I find seeds that may be in jeopardy of disappearing, I hope to connect the seeds with growers who are dedicated to seed preservation.
If you are interested in being a part of this project, please email me at email@example.com.