We started getting seeds in the mail the past few weeks. I wasn’t going to buy so many but have you ever looked at a Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog? Those people are masters of marketing, the catalog is excellent just for bed time reading alone. I always end up purchasing way more than I anticipate to but hey, I’m doing my small part to save the world. If we depend on good food to live healthy lives we must realize that it all starts with SEEDS.
Since conventional agriculture doesn’t favor heirlooms it’s up to us small farmers and gardeners to preserve this genetic diversity. Yes my friends! It is only by continuing to grow, save, and share these seeds ourselves year after year that they stand a chance to be around for future generations. Plus there are so many reasons to grow them: they are tastier than the hybrid varieties you find at your typical grocery store, more colorful, and eccentric. All wins!
But we can’t talk seeds without going here: GMO or not? The short of it is I can’t get behind them. Even though I totally love science and I know they pass the tests, I have serious respect for the complex systems that make up Mother Nature. I simply don’t trust there isn’t some ecological karma we’ll one day pay for. Plus there is also no arguing with the fact that the corporations behind them are quite devious, and are no friend to the small farmer. For that reason alone I am against GM seeds. I recommend an excellent new-ish movie if you are interested in more information, Seed: The Untold Story. It’s beautifully shot and very poignant. I actually just found out the other weekend that one of my friend’s seeds were filmed for a pretty, artistic scene in the movie!
Anyhow, there will be plenty of time for politics. Growing food is a political act and you will get no shortage of it here. In the picture above you can see me sorting and inventorying our new seeds while Ellie takes the opportunity to nap. I was pretty sick this day, the perfect time for working the spreadsheets. The next day I mapped out crops for the year and wrote this blog. There’s actually quite a lot of administrative work for an urban farm girl to do when she’s laid up in bed!