Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mora Grows Seed Library Kickoff!

SeedBroadcast and the Mobile Seed Story Broadcasting Station, joined the newly formed Mora Grows Seed Library, seed savers, gardeners, and farmers from the Mora Valley, for the 1st annual seed exchange and seed library kickoff. This event was organized by Marleny Alfaro, a recent transplant to Mora, who is working with her family to create a high-mountain, regenerative, DO-IT-TOGETHER farm. After moving to Mora this winter, she felt inspired to get the seed library underway!

The seed exchange was held at Tapetes de Lana, an amazing cooperative weaver center in Mora, where the Mora Grows Seed Library will be generously housed.

Seed swappers check out all the seeds while spending time with neighbors to talk seed.
The seed exchange began early in the morning: setting up tables, organizing seeds into botanical groups, making labels, and greeting friends.  While SeedBroadcast helped with set up, we also got to look around at the variety of seeds brought in to share, while meeting an amazing group of dedicated and seedy folks.

 Chacon Pintos and original Bolitas found in an old adobe by photographer Sharon Stewart
Along with the exchange, time was spent discussing the importance of local non-gmo seeds, biodynamic gardening, labor exchange, networking, and permaculture. Everyone was then invited to participate in a hands-on experiment: filling a small dixie cup with potting soil, taking two pea seeds (untreated of course) and putting these into the mouth for several minutes, then planting these into the cup.....but wait don't water these for 72 hours...then, emergence.

Ancient planting technique of sharing DNA with seeds, via saliva, then planting the seed.
This agri-cultural technique has been used by many people throughout history to encourage human - plant relationships based on bio-feedback and DNA sharing. Plants grown with this process are known to provide essential nutrients and medicine for people planting these seeds.

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