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A Handful of Seeds

Making seed bombs with the Canberra Environment Centre to celebrate the start of National Science Week was great fun last night and a practical way to raise awareness of the need for healthy bees to pollinate flowers to make the seeds. Calendula, cosmos, nasturtiums, coriander, dill and some broccoli and bean seeds were encased in clay and compost and rolled into a mud ball. They hold the  possibilities of new life for the Spring and brought back memories our ‘Bee Garden’ last year. Lots more to plant this year.

I’ve just found a wonderful resource ‘A Handful of Seeds: Seed Study and Seed Saving for Educators’ developed by Tina M. Poles of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in California. OAEC developed a School Garden Program in 1997 and offers innovative and practical solutions to the environmental and social challenges we are meeting today. A fascinating list of ideas of why saving seeds is so important in the school garden and ways to weave this beautiful connection to the natural world into the curriculum.

If you’re in Canberra, ‘SEED: The Untold Story‘ will be shown August 17th at the Dendy Civic at 6.30.’Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.’ Well worth going to.

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