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SHARE SEEDS (more photos)
The ancient practices of seed saving and sharing are currently under threat. Plants carefully cultivated by farmers the world over for millennia – skills and knowledge that belong to no one and everyone - are being claimed as "inventions" and patented by corporations with the support of national states and international bodies, such as the World Trade Organization. Most of these patented seeds are genetically modified. To support corporations, states have made it illegal for everyone else to save and share patented seeds.
Saving and sharing seeds is crucial to our freedom, autonomy from capitalism, and crucial for our survival. Within each seed lays a storehouse of knowledge, recalling the kind of soil in which it was grown, the amount of sun, rain and nutrients that it requires, when to sprout and when to bear fruit.
SHARE SEEDS stations hope to encourage the saving and sharing of non-genetically modified seeds. Seeds that are free for everyone to grow and harvest. Seeds that will produce more seeds, to grow again year after year after year. In these seeds is the hope for life.
CALL TO ACTION
We are encouraging prospective organizations and entities to implement
SHARE SEEDS stations. Particularly locations with lots of traffic and
used by people of diverse populations - e.g. community centers,
libraries, churches, coffee shops, senior service centers, etc.
We build our stations entirely with scrap and repurposed material.
They are launched with a stapler, rubber stamp/pad, pencils, a
starter kit of recycled envelops and approximately 50 seed packets.
They are extremely low maintenance and self-explanatory.
If you are on O'ahu and want to adopt a SHARE SEEDS station we will
provide one without charge. Ideally, adoption is forever or at least a
year. Adoptive organizations also agree to periodically ink the stamp
pad, sharpen the pencils, restock the stapler and recycled envelops,
and send EIP photos of the stations in action.
If you are not on O'ahu we have created downloadable DIY instructions for folks to
build their own, along with template for the decals and rubber
stamp. If you do not have the resources or skill we currently we have collaborators in these neighborhoods.
Do-it-Yourself Downloads, etc.
Where SHARE SEEDS are found?
More info on seed saving
Want to contribute seeds, money for seeds, or just to get in touch?
contact gaye chan firstname.lastname@example.org