Seed Library of San Miguel Seed Collecting and Campaign Sharing

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By Amy Cotler

On Saturday, October 21, Somos Semilla, The Seed Library of San Miguel, will be accepting seeds and sharing information about its timely campaign to publish a new Latin American seed- saving manual, “Grow-Harvest-Share: Seeds For Everyone.”

Join them at Tianguis Organico TOSMA, the Saturday organic market, where they will be collecting new seeds yielded from those previously borrowed from the library, which were planted, and harvested from their plants. They will also be accepting new seed donations.

Learn about their groundbreaking seed saving manual. It includes 13 full-page botanically correct prints of common regional crops, along with technical data and seed production, propagation, and seed saving. The text was written by Somos Semilla collaborators Sole Saburido and Jenn Ungemach (biologist and agroecologist, respectively) with support from Ricardo Romero, Program Impact Manager of the nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International. It is accompanied by tables and stunning explanatory illustrations drawn by Somos Semilla artist Emily C-D.[1] The manual project grew out of a call for more printed materials for Spanish speakers from other seed savers in the country.

The Library has raised 40 percent of their crowdfunding goal on line to publish and distribute “Grow-Harvest-Share: Seeds For Everyone.” Community members can see the explanatory video and donate online at https://tinyurl.com/somossemilla or in person on Saturday. The campaign ends November 1.

Somos Semilla is a community-based seed library in San Miguel that has provided the community with open pollinated seeds adapted to the local conditions since 2015. It fills an important need, as quality organic seeds adapted to this climate are difficult to find. Worse, important indigenous foods that originated in Mexico centuries ago—such as corn, beans, squash and tomatoes—are endangered by urbanization, monocropping, and GMOs that contaminate local crops. Through the borrowing and returning of seeds, the library helps to safeguard our local farmers, as well as to preserve Mexico’s biodiversity and distinctive culinary heritage.

Somos Semilla needs occasional volunteers to help them at gatherings where they will be organizing and sorting seeds for next year’s crops. If you would like to volunteer, contact them at somossemillasma@gmail.com. To find out about what Somos Semilla is up to, see their website: somossemilla.org.

 

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“Somos Semilla, Seed Library of San Miguel”

Sat, Oct 21, 10am–1pm

Tianguis Organico TOSMA

Ancha de San Antonio 123, Outside Mercado Sano

Receiving New Seed Donations/Recollecting Borrowed Seeds

Bilingual Event

Free

 

 

 

 

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