Sharon Astyk’s latest blog post is right in line with what we’re thinking about. As is always (always!) the case with Sharon’s writing, the whole post is worth reading, but this part in particular caught my eye:

And make this the year you really commit to seriously learning how to save garden seeds – I  know it seem strange to most middle class Americans, but the world is full of people who can’t afford to buy seeds every year, and we may be joining them.  Moreover, seed savers have seed to share with their neighbors, and are a link in our community food security.  Join www.seedsavers.org, and commit to taking responsibility for one variety that may be lost – an economic crisis means that some of the people who have been doing this work may need to do other work, so we need to pick up the slack.

More and more, I feel that this little project has big potential to tap into people’s growing realization that many of the things we take for granted, especially in our food supply, are not as stable and secure as we have been taught to believe. At last night’s Kale Force meeting, there were three new people (new to Kale Force, anyway), all of whom expressed their feeling that they really needed to get more serious about growing food, since the global food supply is in a pretty worrisome condition lately.

Something as simple as saving seed has the power to draw a lot of people in and spark discussions about seeds, who controls them, how they work, why we need to save them here (and everywhere!), why we should be growing more food wherever we can, and so on. And I’m certainly glad that we’re starting this now. We cannot wait until the crisis worsens before we start defending our capacity to grow food in this region. With luck, the food and seed availability crises will not get out of hand too quickly; but we need to be prudent and prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

I’ll give Sharon the last word:

Most of all, pay attention to the little seed.  Like many other tiny things, it is far more important than most people realize.

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