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.
CALL TO ACTION
SHARE SEEDS stations can 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.
We build SHARE SEEDS stations entirely with scrap and repurposed material. They are extremely low maintenance and self-explanatory. 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. .
If you are on O’ahu and want to adopt a SHARE SEEDS station we will provide one without charge. Adoption is forever or at least a few years. If you are not on O’ahu there are downloadable DIY instructions below. firstname.lastname@example.org.