“What we are really looking for,” the elders replied, “are the seeds for the foods our grandparents used to grow.”
Our first stop was to the Native Seeds/ SEARCH http://www.nativeseeds.org/ where the annual spring Seed School was in full swing. The school is a groundbreaking educational program that trains people in the history, science, and business of seeds to construct a new sustainable seed paradigm, http://nativeseeds.org/index.php/events/seed-school . It was one of those magic moments when the timing, for some reason, was perfect and we were graciously welcomed into the fold.
Bill McDorman, who is now director of NSS is the visionary behind this school and it was through the misfortune of a bicycle accident in Flagstaff that kicked into gear the first seeding of his dream. To hear this unique story and the vision of Native Seeds/SEARCH listen to Belle Starr, Bill's partner and Deputy Director of NSS.
The school attracts a diverse group of seed devotees from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds and interests. This year's group included participants from Mexico, Great Britain, and the Navajo Nation, an entomologist, a film-maker, those wanting to make a significant change in their lives and those with hopes to start seed companies and co-operatives back in their communities. The students spend a week learning and experiencing the magic of the place, through the exchange of ideas and knowledge in the presence of other seed fanatics and surrounded by the precious seeds themselves.
Rowen White from the Mohawk community, seed school facilitator and a seed steward, Joy Hought, the Director of Seed School, talks about her facsination with the science and aesthetics of seeds. The seeds disperse their magic to all that gather, shifting the atmosphere to hope and encourgement.
Stephen, Development Assistant, talks about how seeds changed his life.