There is a lot of talk about knowing where your food comes from, whether that’s how many kilometres away it was harvested or whose hands it passed through on the way to your kitchen table. But what about understanding the very origins of where our food comes from – the seed?
“Healthy seeds are the foundation of a healthy food system. We believe in the power of seed to bring health and joy to our communities. Our work is twofold: to re-connect people and seed and restore community control over the source of our sustenance.”
–Borrow Save Share, Lifecycles Project Society
While farmers and growers have been saving and sharing seeds for thousands of years, this practice has dwindled with the rise of a global food system in recent decades. According to local seed savers Borrow Save Share, we have lost between 75-90% of global crop diversity. This might seem okay for individuals who like to buy the same produce at the grocery store week in/week out. But in the bigger picture, these monocultural farming practices (i.e. growing a single crop intensively on a large scale) significantly limits the resilience of our food crops in face of environmental adversity, such as extreme weather conditions and natural disasters.
The opposition to the monocultural farming industry has led to the rise of a “Seed Sharing Movement.” This movement is led by a small and dedicated group of people who are concerned about biodiversity, access to diverse seeds, and community food resilience. They are taking action by offering Seed Sharing Libraries in their communities.
In Vancouver, we are lucky to have a number of dedicated individuals and community groups who are supporting the Seed Sharing Movement. These groups offer free seed libraries for individuals to take/give back saved seed and run #SeedySaturday events with seed-related workshops and educational resources. (more…)