Seed Harvest Camp
Summertime is seed time – this is when nature provides an abundance of seeds. Join us as we wander in the gardens and harvest everything that’s ripe. In the shaded seed house, we’ll process, clean and store the dried seeds for the next planting season. We’ll prepare the garden soil and sow and plant the first autumn crops, which will bear seeds in the coming year. We also invite parents with children – you can take part and help or play with each other in nature. There will be a daily group time to get to know the foundational thoughts and different projects of Tamera.
“Every seed contains the potential to save the world. Each seed can keep millions of people from starvation. Each seed is a mirror and guardian of the world’s future. Each seed is the ecology that can sustain the economy. This is why seeds are sacred.”
His Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople
Seed Saving – A Political Imperative
To cultivate one’s own seeds is an essential aspect for gaining autonomy and for growing healthy food, medicinal herbs and supporting plants. Increasingly tight laws prohibit farmers and gardeners from keeping natural seeds and make them dependent on the hybrid seeds of multinational corporations, causing the extensive extinction of many varieties and massive social injustice. Against this background, knowing about seed production is key for our survival and for building a peace culture of independent human beings.
The Seed Camp offers the possibility to get to know Tamera via practical work while gaining a basic knowledge of cultivation and seed processing through “learning by doing.”
Each morning we will work in the seed gardens. This means harvesting seeds, taking care of beds, preparing the autumn crop and planting the first seedlings. One team will also wander through the fruit tree terraces, harvest ripe fruit and then process them in the solar kitchen.
In the early afternoon we will meet with a different group (“Summer in the Garden”) and will hear from various community members about the foundational thoughts of Tamera or details about specific projects, even perhaps visiting some of these projects.
In the late afternoon (and on very hot mornings), we will process dried seeds in the shaded seed house. This process involves threshing by hand or foot, sieving by hand or with our antique mill, cleaning with water or wind and sorting by hand.
Saturday afternoon and all of Sunday will be free.
On Saturday afternoons there will be the possibility to take part in a tour through Tamera and get a firsthand overview. On Sunday you are invited to be part of our Sunday Matinee with the entire Tamera community.
Outside of their daily lives, in nature and with a common task, parents and children have the possibility to get to know each other anew. Children being a part of the group often brings a sense of natural community which enriches everybody.
Lilian von Wussow and team
Please contact us at office(at)tamera.org for a place on our waiting list or sign up for one of our other courses.
Total Cost (including board and accommodation):
Adult Price: 280€
Youth Price: 210€
Shared tents or your own tent.
A space in a shared Wooden Hut or a room in the Guest House can be booked at an additional cost.
Vegan full board
English (and German/ Portuguese)
Arrival and Departure
Please arrive the day before the course begins and depart the day after the course finishes.