4th Annual Bi-Lingual Seed Saving Event

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By Amy Cotler

Join SOMOS Semilla, the Seed Library of San Miguel, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at locations around San Miguel for their 4th annual seed exchange and seed loaning season from our community library.

All community members are welcome, including farmers, gardeners, seed savers and anyone interested in seed saving and preserving Mexico’s indigenous plants. Take advantage of the offerings of Seeds Library SOMOS Semilla and participate. Bring your seeds and stories to share and exchange. If you are already a seed guardian, take the opportunity to “return” your seed loan from the previous season. (Bulbs, cuttings, or kombucha or kefir-type food crops are also welcome.) Come even if you don’t have seeds!

The all weekend event will coincide with Candelaria, a religious holiday that includes blessing of the seeds. Besides our new seed-saving manual, there will be beautiful posters and cards for sale to support our new educational initiatives, including a new partnership with the Audubon Society to train teachers about seed saving.

This year, we are especially proud to present our own ground-breaking seed saving manual with original art: Cultiva-Cosecha-Comparte: Semillas para Todos. It includes thirteen 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 non-profit Sustainable Harvest International (SHI). It is accompanied by tables and stunning explanatory illustrations drawn by Somos Semilla artist Emily C-D.

The manual project grew out of a call for more printed materials for Spanish speakers from other seed savers in the country. It was printed thanks to a crowdfunding campaign with support from the SMA community and around the world.

SOMOS Semilla is a local 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, mono-cropping, and GMOs that contaminate local crops. Through the borrowing and returning of seeds, the library helps safeguard our local farmers, as well as preserving Mexico’s biodiversity and distinctive culinary heritage.

SOMOS Semilla needs occasional volunteers to help them at gatherings where they’ll be organizing and sorting seeds for next year’s crops. If you’d like to volunteer, contact them at somossemillasma@gmail.com. To find out about what SOMOS Semilla is up to, visit their Facebook Page (SOMOS Semilla Biblioteca de Semillas San Miguel de Allende) or see their website: www.somossemilla.org

 

4th Annual Bi-Lingual Seed Saving Event

Receiving New Seed Donations and Recollecting Borrowed Seeds

Launching New Seed Saving Manual: Cultiva-Cosecha-Comparte: Semillas para Todos

By SOMOS Semilla

Fri, Feb 2, 11am–1pm

Candelaria, Parque Juárez

Sat, Feb 3, 10am–2pm

Tianguis TOSMA, next to Mercado SANO

Sun, Feb 4, 9am–2pm

Mercado Orgánica Rural Market

Margarito Ledesma Street, Colonia Guadalupe

Free

 

 

 

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