Seed Savers 'Our Seeds' Documentary Free on YouTube

'Our Seeds' is a documentary from Seed Savers that was filmed back in 2008. The nearly hour-long film has been screened all over the world and is now available on YouTube.

 Watch the 'Our Seeds' Documentary


About the 'Our Seeds' Documentary

In September 2008 Seed Savers released their first film, “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi”, a 57 minute documentary that celebrates traditional food plants the people that grow them. It has been fitted with Chinese Japanese and Portuguese subtitles. There are developed instructive motion graphics and a rich sound track, mostly indigenous music recorded on-location. Audio is English or Pacific Pigin. Subtitles are in English or French. “Our Seeds” has been shown several times on national television in American Samoa and Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Excerpts have been shown on national television in Serbia, Malaysia and Taiwan and Portugal. Indigenous farmers around the world face increasing pressure from agribusiness corporations that push their uniform seeds. Many of these varieties require costly inputs such as pesticides and chemical fertilisers. This one hour documentary will help you if you are presenting the idea of a Local Seed Network in your region. Seed Savers directors, Michel and Jude Fanton, shot the film in eleven countries of Europe, Asia and Oceania. It features Pacific islanders who face great challenges: replacing innumerable varieties of root staples with modern hybrids that require pesticides and chemical fertilisers; importing low-quality starch thereby risking losing their resilient food crops.
You can also buy the DVD of 'Our Seeds' from Seed Savers.


Park Seed's Delicious Take on Seed Bombs

After being popularized by guerrilla gardeners the seed bomb is a little ubiquitous. Which is why I'm currently digging these seed Bon Bons by Park Seed. The delicious take on seed bombs come in a variety of, um, flavors. Edible FlowersEdible Tea Garden,Cocktail HerbsItalian Herbs and the Culinary Basil Collection. Just as attractive as a box of chocolates, but these Bon Bons won't go to your Valentine's thighs. 


Ghost Pepper Seeds Available At Renee's Garden

Renee's Garden announced via a Facebook posting that they had a limited number of  'Ghost Pepper' seeds available for sale. Bhut Jolokia, as it is also know, is going to be made available while supplies last through a special arrangement with New Mexico's Chile Pepper Institute. While I could see the appeal of growing the Guinness Book of World Records holder for hottest pepper, I'd be too afraid to try to eat one myself. Braver souls should head over to the the "Ghost Pepper" listing and order while you can (limit three per customer).

Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association Need Donations

OSGATA is asking for support in the form of donations to the "Farmer Travel Fund." What will the donation be used for? According to the association's pledge page:

  • Coordinating the PUBPAT lawsuit against Monsanto’s GMO patents as well as providing information to the public.
  • Defending a farmer’s right to save and trade seed
  • Encouraging the viability of regional organic seed companies
  • Promoting the right to farm, protected from GMO contamination
  • Ensuring the right to true choice in the marketplace for farmers and consumers
  • Establishing protocols for maintaining organic seed integrity and testing seed quality.
  • Protecting farmer developed varieties
  • Developing  and supporting  organic seed standards
  • Encouraging National Organic Program progress toward 100% organic seed

To make a donation visit the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association's website and donate via PayPal


Saving Ash Trees By Saving Seeds

The Journal Sentinel has an interesting article on efforts to save ash trees from the emerald ash borer by gathering a diverse spectrum of seeds from these trees. The seed preservation efforts, lead by scientists and train volunteers, began in 2005 in Michigan and will harvest seeds from about 300 healthy ash trees that will be stored at the National Seed Laboratory at Dry branch, Georgia. According to the article once the thread of the emerald ash borer has subsided the seeds will be planted at state nurseries and eventually replanted in their native habitats. It is believed that the seeds will remain viable for 40 years.


Burpee Seeds' Seed Starting Calendar

 Burpee Seed Starting Calendar
Screen grab of Burpee Seed Starting Calendar

Burpee Seeds has a seed starting calendar on their website. The "Growing Calendar," as they call it, allows you to input your ZIP code and it will give you a list of vegetable's you can start by seed and tell you when is the best time to start them indoors, direct sown or when to transplant them into the garden.

At this time the calendar doesn't give you much information on seeds you can start for fall gardening, but it is a useful resource for gardeners who are starting seeds in the Spring. So, bookmark it and come back to it in the winter as you plan out your seed purchases and get your seed starting supplies ready.

I'll be bookmarking the page in the Seed Snatcher Search Engine, which you can also search from the search box to the right of this post, so that I don't forget it later.


D.Landreth Seed Company To Charge For Catalogs

The commemorative seed catalog for the D. Landreth Seed Company was so popular that the Pennsylvania based seed company ran out of them in six weeks. The 2012 catalog will feature the same historic information as the 2009-2011 catalog but will come at a price. Barbara Melera, the seed company's owner, explains in an email:

"This year we are going to charge for our catalog because we have it printed in the US not in China where it would cost about 25% of what it costs in the US.  The charge is going to be $5.00.  When we printed our Commemorative Catalog it disappeared in less than 6 weeks. We do not believe that this catalog will have quite the audience because it is not free, but we do believe that we will sell out.  We are not planning to print as many catalogs, because there is a charge and many people just will not pay for a gardening catalog."

The deluge of catalogs gardeners experience every spring and fall has conditioned us to see catalogs as something we should get for free. Can you charge for a seed catalog in an age when they're free and available online? I think so. Those of us charmed by the vintage gardening information included in the commemorative catalog will see a value in the 2012 catalog.

Order the 2012 catalog at LandrethSeeds.com or Call 1-800-654-2407.