Seeds

About 10,000 years ago, humanity's oldest open-source project began. Seeds of wild plants were collected, multiplied and exchanged. Cultivated plants were raised and spread. The result is a wealth of varieties that form humanity's greatest cultural heritage, laying the basis for the survival of future generations. Today, seeds have become the last bastion in the fight of the agriculture-multinationals for global commercialization of the necessities of life.” From the book “Bedrohte Saat” (Endangered Seeds) by Manfred Christ


Growing ones own seeds is a highly political issue these days. And it is a matter of survival that we should not leave to the profit-hungry multinationals. The seed is the starting point of our food chain. Whoever controls the seeds controls world hunger, and thereby humanity. 75% of all edible species have already been lost in the last 100 years. It is time to take this responsibility back into our own hands!


The aim of Tamera's seed project is to produce sufficient seed stocks for vegetables and green-manure plants for our self-sufficient gardens, and to a large extent this aim is already achieved. The emphasis is on regional and heirloom varieties, which are suited to local conditions and whose survival is threatened. Tamera also participates in local seed exchange to maintain diversity, as the best way to preserve seeds is not to hoard them but to continually sow and harvest them at different sites.


Emphasis is also given to practical education in the cultivation, harvest, cleaning and storage of seeds.


The seed project has two dedicated organic seed gardens and a house for the drying, processing and storage of seeds.

 

Team: Lilian von Wussow (Project leader), Maida Necochea and students of the season group 2017

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