Friday, April 28, 2017

SeedBroadcast at the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Health Fair


SeedBroadcast will be sharing creativity, agri-Culture, seeds, community gardening and health at the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Health and Safety & Career and Education Fair.

May 6, 2017
9am - 2pm
San Ildefonso Gymnasium

For more information contact:
Raelene Martinez 505-455-2395
Dolly Narang 505-692-5943
Thelma Gonzalez 505-455-4114

A Pueblo de San Ildefonso Health and Human Services Event in Collaboration with the Pueblo de San Ildefonso Education Department.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Owingeh Tah Pueblos y Semillas Gathering and Seed Exchange

Seeds from the south, 

Our seeds were truly blessed at the 12th Annual Owingeh Tah Pueblos Y Semillas Gathering at Seed Exchange. This gathering is presented by the New Mexican Food and Seed Sovereignty Alliance and hosted by Sembrando Semillas de Abiquiu Youth in partnership with Northern Youth Alliance and the El Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Cultural Center.

Seed Exchange

The New Mexico Food and Seed Alliance was formed in 2006 following the Seed Sovereignty Declaration in which farmers form tribal, Pueblo, acequia communities and other farmers signed the declaration to defend the rights of seeds.

1. Whereas, our ability to grow food is the culmination of countless generations of sowing and harvesting seeds and those seeds are the continuation of an unbroken line from our ancestors to us and to our children and grandchildren. 
2. Whereas, our ancestors developed a relationship with plants that allowed their cultivation for food and medicine and this has been a central element of our culture and our survival for millennia in regions throughout the world. 
3. Whereas, the concurrent development of cultures of Eurasia, Africa, and the Americas resulted in a plethora of food and crop types including grains such as maize and wheat; legumes such as beans and lentils; fruits such as squash and chile; vegetables such as spinach and those of the cabbage family; and roots such as potatoes and turnips. 
4. Whereas these foods and crops, though developed independently of each other, came together in New Mexico with the meeting of Spanish, Mexican, and Native American cultures to create a unique and diverse indigenous agricultural system and land-based culture.
 5. Whereas, just as our families are attached to our homes, our seeds learn to thrive in their place of cultivation by developing a relationship with the soil, water, agricultural practices, ceremonies, and prayers; thereby giving seeds a sacred place in our families and communities.
 6. Whereas, the way in which seeds become attached to a place makes them native seeds, also known as landraces, also makes them an important element of the generational memory of our communities.
 7. Whereas the continued nurturing of native seeds or landraces has provided the basis for the community coming together for communal work such as cleaning acequias and preparing fields as well as in ceremony, prayers, and blessings; thereby binding our communities, traditions, and cultures together. 
8. Whereas the practices embodied in working the land and water and caring for seeds provides the basis for our respectful connection to the Earth and with each other. 
9. Whereas, our practices in caring for native seeds (landraces) and growing crops provide for much of our traditional diet and results in our ability to feed ourselves with healthy food that is culturally and spiritually significant. 
10. Whereas clean air, soil, water, and landscapes have been essential elements in the development and nurturing of seeds as well as the harvesting of wild plants; and that these elements of air, land, and water have been contaminated to certain degrees. 
11. Whereas corporate seed industries have created a technology that takes the genetic material from a foreign species and inserts it into a landrace and is known as Genetically Engineered (GE) or transgenic crops. 
12. Whereas seed corporations patent the seeds, genetics, and/or the processes used in the manipulation of landraces, and have gone so far as to patent other wild plants or the properties contained in the plants. 
13. Whereas GE crops have escaped into the environment with maize in Oaxaca, Mexico and canola in Canada and crossed into native seeds and wild plants. 
14. Whereas organic farmers have been sued by seed corporations when these patented genetic strains have been identified in the farmers’ crops, even though the farmers were unable to see or stop pollen from genetically engineered crops from blowing over the landscape and into their fields, thus contaminating the farmers’ crops. 
15. Whereas the effect of this technology on the environment or human health when consumed is not fully understood. 
16. Whereas the seed industry refuses to label GE seeds and food products containing GE ingredients. 17. Whereas the pervasiveness of GE crops in our area cannot then be fully known due to the lack of labeling and therefore carries the potential for genetic pollution on our landraces. 
18. Whereas countries such as Japan, England, and countries in Africa have refused genetically modified foods and prohibit the introduction of GE crops on their lands because of their unknown health effects. 19. Whereas indigenous cultures around the world are the originators, developers, and owners of the original genetic material used in the genetic engineering of crops by corporations today. 
20. Whereas this declaration must be a living, adaptable document that can be amended as needed in response to rapidly changing GE technology that brings about other potential assaults to seeds and our culture. 
21. Be it resolved by the traditional farmers of Indo-Hispano and Native American ancestry of current-day northern New Mexico collectively and intentionally seek to continue the seed-saving traditions of our ancestors and maintain the landraces that are indigenous to the region of northern New Mexico. 
22. Be it further resolved that we seek to engage youth in the continuation of the traditions of growing traditional foods, sharing scarce water resources, sharing seeds, and celebrating our harvests. 
23. Be it further resolved that we reject the validity of corporations’ ownership claims to crops and wild plants that belong to our cultural history and identity. 
24. Be it further resolved that we believe corporate ownership claims of landrace crop genomes and patent law represent a legal framework for the justification of the possession and destruction of stolen cultural property. 
25. Be it further resolved that we object to the seed industry’s refusal to label seeds or products containing GE technology and ingredients and demand all genetically modified seeds and foods containing GE ingredients in the State of New Mexico to be labeled as such. 
26. Be it further resolved that we consider genetic modification and the potential contamination of our landraces by GE technology a continuation of genocide upon indigenous people and as malicious and sacrilegious acts toward our ancestry, culture, and future generations. 
27. Be it further resolved that we object to the cultivation of GE seeds in general but especially within range of our traditional agricultural systems that can lead to the contamination of our seeds, wild plants, traditional foods, and cultural property. 
28. Be it further resolved that we will work with each other, local, tribal, and state governments to create zones that will be free of genetically engineered and transgenic organisms. 
29. Be it further resolved that we will also work together to address other environmental abuses that contaminate our air, soil, and water quality that certainly affects our health, the health of our seeds and agriculture, and the health of future generations. 
30. Be it further resolved that the undersigned traditional farmers representing various acequia, Pueblo, tribal, and surrounding communities will create, support, and collaborate toward projects and programs focused on revitalization of food traditions, agriculture, and seed saving and sharing. Drafted by the Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association (TNAFA) and the New Mexico Acequia Association (NMAA) in January, February, and March 2006.


Traditional Sacred Blue Corn

It Is important to remember the power of declaration and as we plant our seeds this year bless everyone of them, take care of them as they were your children and next year share them with your neighbor or find or even start a local seed exchange. In these upside down times this is a radical act that we all can do......

Thank you to the amazing New Mexico Acequia Association, Traditional Native American Farmer's Association, Honor Our Pueblo Existence ,Tewa Women United and to all who strive to hold our seeds as sacred living beings and at the heart of our cultural paths.
Seed balls made from water, soil and seeds from the four directions

Monday, March 6, 2017

SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal #8

The 8th edition of the  SeedBroadcast Journal is now available. It can be found in printed version at numerous places, such as Co-ops, libraries, farmers markets and even in some CSA deliveries around New Mexico and the world . It can also be accessed here :  agri-Culture .  Thank you to all the many people who sent us submissions for this edition we so appreciate your dedication to seeds, local food sovereignty and the generosity of sharing your wisdom. The deadline for the next edition is September Ist 2017,  there is information on how to  submit on page 4, we would love to hear from you.










Thursday, January 12, 2017

Whole of Seed classes with Cuatro Puertas!


The Whole of Seed classes start Saturday, January 14th. EVERYONE IS INVITED. Money need not be a barrier to your attendance. Please contact Cuatro Puertas at info@c4uertas.org for more information on assistance.

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WHOLE OF SEED COURSE
2017Class Dates

Whole of Seed and You/Natural Observation
DATE: Saturday Jan. 14th
TIME: 9 am – 3 pm
INSTRUCTORS: Michael Reed and Isaura Andaluz

Water Stewardship
DATE: Saturday Jan. 21st
TIME: 9 am – 2 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Christian Meuli

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These next two classes are not offered by Cuatro Puertas, but we will accept as a niche class. Please contact them directly to sign up: http://www.npsnm.org/

Native Plants Class
DATE: Friday Feb. 10th
TIME: 6 pm – 9 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Native Plant Society of New Mexico

Pollinator Habitat Design Workshop
DATE: Saturday Feb. 11th
TIME: 9 am – 4pm
INSTRUCTOR: Native Plant Society of New Mexico

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Plant Stewardship & Native Crops
DATE: Saturday Feb. 25th
TIME: 9 am – 3 pm
INSTRUCTORS: Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen and Brett Baker

Seed Production
DATE: Sunday Feb. 26th
TIME: 9 am – 3pm
INSTRUCTOR: Joshua Cravens

Abundant Exchange
DATE: Sunday Mar. 5th
TIME: 9 am – 1 pm
INSTRUCTOR: Isaura Andaluz and Koby Jeschkeit-Hagen

Spring Intensive
DATES: TBD

Water Stewardship Field Day in Edgewood
DATE: Saturday May 13th
INSTRUCTOR: Christian Meuli

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For more information: www.c4puertas.org

Cuartro Puertas Staff

Monday, January 9, 2017

Contribute to the 8th edition SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal. DEADLINE February15th 2017



SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal is a bi-annual collection of poetry, inspired thoughts, essays, photographs, drawings, recipes, How-to’s and wisdom gathered together from a national call out to lovers of local food and seeds.  This journal supports collaboration and the sharing of seeds, stories, resources, and inspiration within local communities and between individuals, while also providing pollination through diversified regional, national, and international internet-media networks.

SeedBroadcast agri-Culture Journal 

It is also available in print at various locations and directly from the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station. If you contribute you will receive a stack of printed copies.

 

Contribute   Participate     Propose

Send us your seed inspired poems, images, photographs, recipes, articles about your work, provocative essays, calls for seed action! 
This year SeedBroadcast is focusing on Seeds and Climate Resilience.
The DEADLINE for the next edition is FEBRUARY 15th 2017
Please send your inquiries, proposals, and contributions to seedbroadcast@gmail.com
Images should be at least 300 dpi, 4" X 6" include captions, a short bio and your mailing address.

 

We are looking forward to your contributions.