Come join us on an May 4, 2014 to celebrate International Permaculture Day at the Annual Community Seed & Plant Exchange. This year we have partnered with Kahumana Organic Farm, Kualoa Ranch, and Whole Foods Hawaii to produce simultaneous events on opposite sides of the islands to increase access to the events:
The day will include workshops, local food vendors, keiki activities, live music, and lots of fun – a great way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with family & friends!
Saving & sharing seeds is one of the most ancient practices we can participate in today – this simple act connects us to the ancestors of our past, the children of our future, and can ground us in the significance of this act in our present time.
Once upon a time, seeds belong to the commons, and plants expressing desirable traits (taste, hardiness, etc) were marked so that seeds could be saved from them and the traits preserved. Corn’s wild ancestor is a grass called teosinte that you would hardly recognize, and the sweet apple varieties we know & love are descended from the downright sour fruits of wild apples. This gradual process of horticultural selection has given us many of the crops that are precious to us today.
Humans have lived in concert with the animal & plant world since our first ancestors had the idea to start cultivating edible plants in order to reduce the energy expended on a hunter/gatherer existence. This seemingly simple shift in lifestyle has had profound impacts on the way humans have impacted the landscape.
Over time, entire ecosystems were replaced with various forms of agriculture; today, vast tracts of tropical rainforest are cleared to make way for chemically subsidized monocultures of corn & soy plantations.
In a world where three multinational corporations own & control about half of all commercial seed sales, saving & sharing seeds could be the most profound action you can take towards shifting your role away from a consumer with rights, towards being a producer with responsibilities.
It is a peaceful act that could be the most revolutionary thing you do towards reclaiming your personal food sovereignty.