Friday, April 11, 2014

Mora Seed Swap. SEEDS-The Local Revolution.

                                     I appear dead before I am alive
Although often quite small, inside my skin a tree can live
I can survive hundreds of years without food or water
I can be as small as dust or as large as a foot ball
Humans and animals eat me
I can fly, swim and hitch a ride
I can survive freezing, fires and intense droughts.
 What am I?
Local seeds for the Seed Swap
High elevation corn donated by Bevan Williams from Cortez
The 2nd Annual Seed Swap and Gathering was held on April 6th, 2014, at the St Gertrude Parish Hall in the center of the small but vibrant village of Mora, New Mexico.  It was one of those spring days with flurries of snow and cold winds but the local community brought a warmth and resilience into their gathering place by the sharing of precious seeds, local wisdom, food and gratitude.

 After Sunday morning church services people slowly arrived with their carefully hand-packaged seeds, food to share and knowledge. The day was convened by Marleny Alfaro of Mora Grows Seed Library and Rodger Gonzales of Los de Mora Local Growers' Cooperative. Marleny is a native of the island of Cuba and has land she and her family farm in Mora. Rodger is a native of Mora, is the president of Los de Mora, and is a mover and shaker in his home community.
Marleny and Rodger lead an opening to evoke into the room each of the 50 or so community voices.  We heard from bee keepers, cattle growers, community members wanting to learn a new sustainable way to live their lives, a young couple from Cleveland, who have started a small company to promote healthy living in their village, from Casa de Cultura about an upcoming Las Vegas Seed Exchange, from Small Family Farm and about new food growing initiatives for Mora County.

Rodger Gonzales local grower and activist.
The Mora County watershed includes forested uplands, pasture lands and lowland valleys with a high water table that have been utilized for traditional agricultural practices. So this highlands valley has a history of growing and was at one time in the early1900's known as "the bread basket of New Mexico" for its unique variety of wheat.  The present day community came together to sit with this historical knowledge and looked to the future of contemporary growing practices with a collaborative vision.

Nick Morrow talks about his local farm and the importance of hand tools

Throughout the day there were discussions, informative workshops on the importance of bee keeping, seed-saving, soil conservation, use of hand tools, permaculture and encouragement to support the re-emergence of a local economically viable growing community. The Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station was parked outside the parish hall and became the educational attraction for the younger participants.

Seed Wall in the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station.

Marleny Alfaro seed-saving presentation
 Marleny opened her presentation on seed-saving with a loud and clear voice,  "Seed-saving is one of the most important things we can do. To encourage a new economy we must think from a seeds perspective."

 The Mora County Community is surely doing this by looking towards each other to learn, to collaborate and to share. They are holding the seed of their dreams and listening. They are making waves and taking action. They are forming cooperatives, they are planning a new main street, successfully fighting fracking and they are making a difference.  

We can all learn from this unique New Mexican Community. 
So please we invite you to take a moment and listen to the following seed stories:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

SeedBroadcasting at Native Seeds/SEARCH on April 14, 2014

Bring a seed and share a seed story.

Meet us at Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store in Tucson, Arizona for an evening of SeedBroadcasting and seed stories.

April 14, 2014
500 pm - 700 pm

Native Seeds/SEARCH Retail Store
3061 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, Arizona

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2nd Annual Anton Chico Seed Exchange

Homegrown SeedBroadcasting in Anton Chico.

Anton Chico Seed Exchange
April 12, 2014
9am - 2pm

Anton Chico Community Center

Bring your local heirloom seeds to swap!
Workshops and Lunch included.

Event is free and open to all.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Decorah Seed Savers Exchange Spring SWAP

Last month we took a beautiful day trip to Decorah Iowa to swap seeds and stories at the Seed Savers Exchange Spring Garden School & Seed Swap. 

Greeted by a host of amazingly welcoming seed workers, we quickly came to find that SSE is not only filling gardens with great seeds, but also cultivating an incredible crop of bright young agri-Culture workers- new and experienced growers eager to get involved in seed production, and to examine more deeply the relationships between food and social customs, cultural histories, anthropological developments, and throguh these various lenses, create new ways to build networks among seed savers.
With backgrounds ranging from market growing to grad school, horticulture to anthropology, studio arts to literary studies, from a lab full of Chinese medicinal herbs, to Appalachia- the number of perspectives on the importance of seed diversity at Seed Savers was exceeded only by the actual diversity of seeds in their commercial and preservation collections.
Throughout the day conversations returned to an appreciation for the aesthetic beauty of heirloom vegetables, their being "food for the soul", and to the important role interested amateurs continue to play in preserving plant biodiversity.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mora Seed Swap

Stop by and share in the wisdom of seeds as Mora Seed Swap hosts their annual potluck, Seed Swap, and conducts a seed saving class.

SeedBroadcast will be there to share seed stories and the open-pollinated how-to's of many other inspiring seed folks. We will also be recording seed stories. So bring a story to share!

Mora Seed Swap
April 6, 2014
St Gertrude's Parish Hall
Junction of HWY 518 & 434
Mora, NM

Seed Swap/Potluck 12 - 1pm
Seed Saving Class 1 - 530pm

  • a dish for potluck
  • 2 glass jars with lids
  • a sense of humor