Category: seeds

growing food for the hungry city

Growing Food for the Hungry City is an OpenGreens project that researches the possibilities of Urban Agriculture and the green role of the future city. How do contemporary cities deal with the food security? What is the motivation of the do-ers, the collectives of citizens? How do they organize the green temporary zones, autonomous and bottom up? Do these sustainable cities trive on new food politics, supported by a democratic and eco-minded community engagement?
This project researches the thread of Cpuls – continuous productive urban landscapes – along the canal, connected by the colonies of city honeybees.

japanese early and olive tomatoes Goji berry and fern leaf tomato Vicia faba and Pisum sativum beaver dam paprika and aubergines beaver dam paprika and aubergines
black prince tomatoes and Crambe maritima hungarian wax chilli peppers and nasturtium Tropaeolum majus - nasturtium sowing kit first seeds sown
Tropaeolum majus - nasturtium Tropaeolum majus - nasturtium first seeds sown
Echinacea - zonnehoed seedlings Solanum lycopersicum - tomato Black Prince Vicia faba - tuinboon Echinops ritro - Kogeldistel

international Seed Swap and exhibition on seeds

Through this seed swap we want to draw public attention to a practice that has become increasingly widespread throughout Europe over the past few years and that could be made illegal by the planned EU laws: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/

Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
The big seed trusts are determined to obtain worldwide control. This has been made clear by genetic engineering, patents on plants and animals, the introduction of seed reproduction fees… Add to that terminator technology that destroys the fertility of seeds and the prohibition of peasant varieties. We must prevent the very basis of our

international Seed Swap and exhibition on seeds

Through this seed swap we want to draw public attention to a practice that has become increasingly widespread throughout Europe over the past few years and that could be made illegal by the planned EU laws: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/

Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
The big seed trusts are determined to obtain worldwide control. This has been made clear by genetic engineering, patents on plants and animals, the introduction of seed reproduction fees… Add to that terminator technology that destroys the fertility of seeds and the prohibition of peasant varieties. We must prevent the very basis of our food supply from becoming a source of profit for multinational companies.

http://so-on.be/SO-ON/OpenGreen/articles/seed-swap-info.pdf

free seeds for all !

Seed Sovereignity: International Days of Action, Brussels, 17-18 April 2011.
Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
more on: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/index.html

Video on the Navdanya Seedbank of Vandana Shiva:
http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/info
and http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/00:00:00.000-00:11:46.561

and Vandana Shiva on The Future of Food:
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/info
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/00:00:00.000-00:07:04.891

This video gives a summary of an interview I conducted with Vandana Shiva during the workshop and seminar ‘The Future of Food’ on the Navdanya-farm in Dehradun, India – early october 2008.
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/Shiva_V_The_Future_of_Food.pdf
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/future_of_food.pdf

See also: how to make seedballs
http://thoughtsandtalks.so-on.be/2010/03/25/tubinger-seedballs-for-diversity-graz/

free seeds for all!

Seed Sovereignity: International Days of Action, Brussels, 17-18 April 2011.
Tens of thousands of people throughout Europe are actively demanding that the right to produce seeds remains in the hands of small farmers and gardeners. A diversity of crops has nourished mankind for thousands of years. Seeds that we have inherited from past generations are the basis of life and are essential for food sovereignty.
more on: http://www.seed-sovereignty.org/EN/index.html

Video on the Navdanya Seedbank of Vandana Shiva:
http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/info
and http://padma.okno.be/Vt332bqm/00:00:00.000-00:11:46.561

and Vandana Shiva on The Future of Food:
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/info
http://padma.okno.be/Vhm6jxoh/00:00:00.000-00:07:04.891
This video gives a summary of an interview I conducted with Vandana Shiva during the workshop and seminar ‘The Future of Food’ on the Navdanya-farm in Dehradun, India – early october 2008.
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/Shiva_V_The_Future_of_Food.pdf
http://so-on.be/SO-ON/articles/future_of_food.pdf

See also: how to make seedballs
http://opengreens.archive.okno.be/2010/03/25/tubinger-seedballs-for-diversity-graz/

graz – ‘let’s liberate diversity!’


The year 2010 will be decisive in the debate about intellectual property rights concerning seeds. The EU wants to pass seed legislation that is uniform throughout Europe. In the future, will just industrial varieties be available on the seed market while regional and farmers varieties will be found only in museums and show gardens? All signs indicate that seed corporations are using the revision of the seed law to expand their power further. The EU directive on conservation varieties and non-industrial varieties complicates or forbids the propagation of old varieties due to geographic and quantitative restrictions.
In the last few years, seed initiatives in many European countries have teamed up and organized across borders under the banner of “Let’s liberate diversity!” They are defending farmers’ rights to sow seeds from their own harvest, to breed them and to pass them on. European seed initiatives from ten countries have prepared counterproposals and want to vote on them together in Graz as well as make connections in the European-wide network of resistance.
This year’s meeting is taking place in Austria in order to strengthen cooperation with Eastern European countries, yet everyone who is interested in the subject and who would like to become active is invited.
http://www.liberate-diversity-graz2010.org/

navdanya, the organic farm

Some visions and inspirations behind the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm. Ideas that contribute to the strenghtening and the growing of the Organic Movement.

Navdanya creates alternatives to the corporate globalization, and this at every level of the foodchain. Nature centered and people centered alternatives based on the organic way can provide health and food security for as well the poor as the rich (malnutrition and diabetes).
Navdanya positions itself as a public health movement, a sustainable living movement and a retail democracy movement.

organic field vandana shiva GMO and climate change groundnuts making compost
knowledge ricefields pulses library bija devi, seedkeeper

Everything is connected. The seeds they save and grow in their own farms, the soil that they junvenate through biodiverse ecological farming methods; the organic and artisanal processing through which they conserve and enhance the taste and wholesomeness of food, and the direct marketing model of retail though which they bring organic products from the field to the table.

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