I have Great faith in a seed.
— Henry David Thorea
At no time in our history more than now have Americans been more knowledgeable and more concerned about what we eat. We have watched our food systems deconstructed in front of our eyes. In a way, the farmer in all of us had roused. We understand organic, that food grown without chemicals is healthier for us and the earth. We understand local, that food grown closer to home is healthier and helps solve the climate crisis as well. Now we come to the landscape of the seeds, which are the crux of our food supply. When we dig deeper we realize that our seed supply is in crisis and therefore our food is in crisis. A tragedy of corporate robbery is being acted out on a world stage, except this is not a drama with us in the audience getting to go home afterward. This is real.
The Time has come to understand food at its most elemental.
Excerpt from the The Seed Underground
The Harvard Farmers Market in collaboration with the Harvard Public Library opened the Harvard Seed Library on June 23rd 2014, in the lobby of the Harvard Public Library at 4 Pond Rd, Harvard, Massachusetts. The seed library was set up to promote the sharing of bio diverse seeds and develop locally adapted seeds.
Seed saving is an ancient tradition with a lineage stretching back 12,000 years. But in less that a century’s time, this once fundamental part of the human experience has largely disappeared. The transition from rural agrarianism to urbanization has led to increasingly fewer people growing food and interacting with seeds.
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