Category: Seeds

Permaculture Around Latin America – The IMAP in Guatemala

If you live or work in Latin America, or Central America, and are into permaculture, chances are you will be referred to the IMAP, which is located in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala. The IMAP, which stands for Instituto Mesoamericano de Permacultura (Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute) describes itself as “promoting permaculture, sustainable agriculture, and food sovereignty in Guatemala,” but their reach and influence stretches out over all of Central and Latin America. […]

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Spring: Season of Perennial Vegetables in the Cold-Climate Garden (MA, USA)

Excerpted from Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier with contributions from Jonathan Bates. Bates and Toensmeier will be hosting a perennial vegetable tasting and edible landscaping workshop at their garden in Holyoke, MA, USA this April 26, 2014. Jonathan Bates with spring perennial vegetables From the beginning of my interest in plants for permaculture and edible landscaping I identified perennial vegetables as a real gap in the available information. Nobody seemed […]

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Permaculture Seed Planting on Holiday

I spent the last two months in the Philippines, and had a great experience with seed planting with local kids in the neighborhood. After devouring as many of the cheap and delicious tropical fruits I can get my hands on (especially durian, mango, gaisano, mangosteen, avocado) I’ve been saving the seeds as much as possible, and recently decided to go out with some friends and plant some of them into […]

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European Seed Law: A Potential Threat to Biodiversity Everywhere

Tomorrow, the 11th of February, 2014, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will meet to discuss and re-vote on the passing of a proposed new EU regulation which, if made into law, will enforce massive restrictions on the way that seeds can be sold, swapped, or even simply saved (1) (2) (3). The potential consequences of this would affect the biodiversity of the whole world. The new law, known as […]

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New European Seed Legislation: Winners and Losers

Stakeholders urge the EU to establish a political and legal framework that will maintain and promote diversity in the seed sector. by Stephan Doeblin for Demeter The European Commission is drawing up a new law to regulate the sale of all seeds, plants and plant material. The reason, it says, is to bring together and simplify an old set of 12 basic acts, many dating back to the 1960s and […]

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Seed Saver Exchange

I sincerely hope you all share my happiness, enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to seeds. When I hold a seed in the palm of my hand, I see eternity! I also see an extremely loaded history. I see our collective future and so much more. Nowadays, when I browse my social network profile, I am bombarded with beautiful images, inspiring stories and what seems to be an endless collection […]

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Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design, Part 3 (Sweden)

This is the third of a series of articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested.

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The Fruit Hunters (video)

Narrated by David Suzuki, this two-part CBC series is a fascinating look into the world of fruit hunters — people who travel the globe seeking rare fruits, to preserve their diversity, or just to enjoy. The documentary also covers some interesting background history on some of the fruits we’ve come to take for granted, and you’ll meet interesting characters worldwide who have recognised the immense value of the diversity of […]

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Re-enchant the Seed!

Why Seed Saving and Exchange is Essential Permaculture & Community Practice — a How-To with Red Semillas Libres Chile. by Crystal Allene Cook Poster for the Red Semillas Libres Chile Seed Exchange Like many permaculturalists I work another job and this fall mine happened to take me to Valdivia in the Patagonian region of Chile. My first Saturday in town, in the local large supermarket, I spent an hour reading […]

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An Open Source Community Model to Save Seeds – a WordPress Seedbank Plugin

Recently, the seed saving movement has regained popularity as part of the growing backlash against the corporatization of the food supply and genetically engineered crops, also known as GMOs. Seed banks, libraries and swaps are springing up across the globe as individuals and communities reclaim access to local, open pollinated sources of seed. For many, the tools related to seed saving have not changed since the time people began sorting, […]

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Open Pollinated Seeds of Value

An open pollinated (OP) seed is a seed of value; it can be saved and re-grow the plant true-to-type. OP seeds are fertilized naturally by insects, birds, wind or their structure. Many of our seeds are called heirlooms who can trace their linage back before 1951 when hybrid and chemical sprays became widely adopted. Open pollinated seeds are your food security and freedom. Without the ability to save seed, your […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they know exactly which trees are used for what (goat forage, fencing, medicine, fibre, etc.), how […]

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