Presentation by Marisha Auerbach
Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA
$10 - $7 sliding scale
Seedsaving gives us the unique opportunity to dance with life and play a distinct role in our nourishment. We can nurture plants for the special qualities that sustain us in uncertain futures. As corporations attempt to take control of our genetic diversity, seed saving becomes an important political act. Come join us to learn how you can take responsibility for your own food supply by saving your own seed from your garden. We will be discussing harvest of cultivated and native seeds as well as flowers and vegetable crops. Seed saving is a great localized buffer against the globalization of our food supply as it encourages diversity and increases the resilience in our gardens from pests and disease.
For more information, or to register, contact Marisha Auerbach: (360) 273-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olympia Seed Exchange is currently closed. It will re-open for the fall season toward the end of August.
more information: Olympia Seed Exchange
Vandana Shiva visited Olympia last week. Her visit was hosted by the SPSCC group BRICK (Building Revolution by Increasing Community Knowledge). Dr. Shiva presented a wonderful speech, that was informative and educational, and moving and inspirational.
I am hoping that video will become available to post on the Internet, because there is no way a description can do justice to her speech. Getting a transcript would also be good, because there was so much information. The SPSCC Performing Arts Center was full -- people who showed up hoping to attend the speech were denied entry into the auditorium.
Janine Gates has an article about Dr. Shiva's visit at Little Hollywood: Shiva Speaks to South Sound Community about Food Politics. Some of this article will cover the same topics covered there, but I will add a couple other details from the speech. Check out Janine's blog for more information about the Shiva speech.
An early topic of the speech was the structural nature of hunger. Over one billion people on earth are without adequate food and nourishment. And it's not because there isn't enough food, or enough ability to produce food for all the people. Instead it is because of a lack of distributive justice, and because of appropriations of seed, water, and land. One billion people hungry. That's a lot of people. (And in my opinion it is a huge strike against our system of capitalism. One billion hungry people is indefensible. Really, should any human being live in hunger?)
FREE COMMUNITY SEED EXCHANGE
Sunday, February 24th
Noon - 3 pm
at Bigelow Park
1220 Bigelow Avenue NE, Olympia
Expand your seed collection, help preserve plant diversity, grow something new, ask questions, share know-how, and meet new people!
Bring your open-pollinated seeds (non-GMO) to share - please mark your seeds with a description and collection date.
Contact Allyson Ruppenthal at email@example.com
Olympia Seed Exchange
A barter/gifting-only seed exchange wesite building Olympias farming and gardening community one seed at a time.
Offer and find free or bartered classes, seeds, information, soil amendments or plants on this new community website.
Join today and support local seed sources!