Small-scale farmers: Saviours of world crop diversity

As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders — workers of less than three to seven acres, who are predominantly women. These farmers, who often themselves live precariously, are a living seedbank keeping the genetic diversity of food plants flourishing. […]

A Beginners Guide to the Weeds of Wellington: A Weedy Seedy Sunday

I do really enjoy doing Seedy Sunday Kapiti. There is just so much reward from these community gardener meetings. There are the interesting things people bring in for the swap table, the stories, the great speakers. But most of all it’s just the chance to chat and learn from locals. We had a small turn […]

Take Action for Seed Freedom

The world over, legal and technological structures are being put in place to ensure the control of seeds. This is simply because seeds are big business. And three very big businesses–Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta–now own over half the world’s seeds. And they’re fighting to protect their ‘property’ by stopping farmers being able to save seed, […]

Why trees?

Excellent presentation clearly explaining just why people need trees and the use of trees in urban settings. Wonderfully drawn.