Kids save Heirloom Seeds

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The heirloom seed savers movement is concerned about the sustainability of the environment and the loss of thousands of vegetable plant varieties in the last century. This week, the National Heirloom Exposition was held in Santa Rosa, California bringing together the largest display of heirloom produce yet. Over 3,000 kids from local schools grew gardens for the event and entered their produce for display. There were workshops for kids on the importance of collecting, conserving, and sharing organic non-GMO heirloom seeds, as kids are the future of sustainable food for the planet. Big biotech companies are patenting and privatizing seeds, making it illegal for farmers to retain their own crops for replanting. The “World’s Pure Food Fair” hosts the world’s leading pure food speakers that see the garden as a self sustaining, self contained living being and the organic produce from ancient heirloom seeds, such as Egyptian Kamut wheat, as pure food. Heirloom seed companies, seed banks, and farmers are excited to share their knowledge and unique seeds with school kids and home gardeners. Heirloom seed saving started in the U.S. with the American Indians who saved their seeds when they were forced out of their historical lands. It continued with the Amish people who lived close to the land and protected their tastiest crop’s seeds. Thomas Jefferson’s heirloom vegetable garden at Monticello survives today as a lasting monument to his seed saving efforts. Kids can harvest seeds from their best plants to replant the next year or swap with fellow gardeners.

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