This Sunday (23rd February) is the Arundel Seed Swap. I know a lot of you won’t be able to attend as you are so far flung, but for those of you who are closer it will be 1.00 – 3.30 in the Norfolk Centre Mill Road, Arundel. For those who can’t, find the nearest to you on http://seedysunday.org/
Seed swaps are great events (ours is six years old).
Seed saving is something we can all do to help safeguard our genetic heritage. In the past 100 years we have lost over 90% of our vegetable varieties in the UK, many of which are the unusual, local, heirloom or home-saved varieties sought after by gardeners. Nowadays, just three corporations control a quarter of the world’s seed market, vying for power over the world’s food production. Farmers are being taken to court for the age-old practice of seed saving, and hybrid seeds (which cannot be seed-saved) are becoming commonplace in seed catalogues.
Faced with the overwhelming totality of environmental disasters – global warming, climate change, nuclear power, genetic engineering – it is difficult to know what we as individuals can do to make a difference. Change a few light bulbs, cycle to work.
Seed saving is something we can all do, and it does make a difference, it can also be a rewarding and cost saving way to fill your garden and your vegetable plot and means that you can try an old fashioned or unfamiliar variety without much investment.