Monday, June 7, 2010

recent finds....

After a very busy weekend I have photos to download and a really wonderful event to write up  - Tea and Seed Stories - held in the Japanese Tea House for World Environment Day Celebrations at the Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha this weekend past. Stay tuned for that soon. In the meantime have a look at these recent finds;

This radish image is from a late 1800s Rice Seeds trading card.

This radish image is from a late 1800s Rice Seeds trading card found at the excellent site presented below - as is the artist-designed heirloom seed packaging (look at the seed catalogue on the site).

Ken Greene is a seed grower, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, teaches hands-on seed saving workshops, and gives talks on the history, politics, and future of seeds. For more information and to browse the catalog, visit Ken can be found on Twitter as SeedLibrary. A visit to the seed library is highly recommended for its excellent link and articles. Also visit Seedy friends.

Here's an article Ken Greene wrote: Practicing Seedy Politics that was posted on CIVIL EATS.

A brief excerpt from that article follows:

"Saving seeds sustains us. It is a cultural activity, one that connects us to 12,000 years of the most essential human tradition. Saving seeds also connects us to our familiar food plants in new ways, teaching us to appreciate each plant’s full life cycle from seed to seed. Now, more than ever, saving seeds is also a political act—a good garden practice that doubles as agricultural activism."


About Civil Eats:

Civil Eats promotes critical thought about sustainable agriculture and food systems as part of building economically and socially just communities. In our efforts, we support the development of a dialog among local and national leaders about the American food system, and its effects abroad. Civil Eats can be humorous, serious, academic, philosophical, conversational – its style of conversation is as diverse as its 40+ contributors – but it is always thought provoking, innovative, and focused on food politics.

Featured below is an interview by Paula Crossfield from Civil Eats.

The Delicious Way to Take on Climate Change: Anna Lappé Talks

 Diet for a Hot Planet.

For an excellent interview between the author of this book Anna Lappe and Paula Crossfield (CIVIL EATS) at Huffington Post click HERE.


Altoon Sultan said...

thanks for the links, Sophie. I love that radish image. Though the folks at Seed Library love radishes, I've given up on growing them because in my garden they are always full of root worms, which became too discouraging. But maybe I'll try them again....

Janis said...

Looking forward to hearing all about your time at the Japanese garden... In the meanwhile, thanks for the lovely post :^)
xo, j.

sophie munns said...

Hello Altoon,
Thats a shame to hear about your attempts at radishes. I hope that you have success...mind you everything else seems to flourish in your amazing garden. it looks fabulous to me!

sophie munns said...

How delightful to have your visit janis...youd have loved i'm sure... photos soon!
S x

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