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OCCUPY YOUR LOCAL FOOD SUPPLY PLANT ORGANIC SEEDS OF ACTIVISM

Cleaning and saving seeds High Mowing Seeds Vermont

Its time to start seeds in the Northeast. I like to start my onion seeds about now and seeking out hierloom, organic, open-pollinated seed sources  insures the safety of the food I am growing . It gives me pleasure to know I am choosing varieties of seeds grown and selected for their genetic diversity, flavor and vigor by “real” people, not corporations  far,  far away.

NO GMO’S HERE!

There are many excellent seed sources throughout the USA, but this year I tried to keep my seed suppliers as local as possible. I love doing business with Turtle Tree Seed Company in Copake Lake, New York. Here, at this outstanding Bio-Dynamic farm the seeds are processed, packaged and shipped by the residents of the Camphill Community who operate a model farm in the Hudson/Berkshire region of Columbia County New York. The service and shipping from Turtle Tree is fast and impeccable!

http://www.turtletreeseed.org/

Another favorite is the Hudson Valley Seed Library even closer to home with their artful seeds packets which make terrific gifts for your favorite gardeners as well as producing beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers. Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds are available at

http://www.seedlibrary.org/

or at

The Main Street Farm store in Livingston Manor, NY http://mainstreetfarm.com/

Across the border in Vermont is another excellent organic seed supplier High Mowing Seeds

http://www.highmowingseeds.com/

High Mowing also offers NOFA-NY members a discount on their first order of the season. Or if you live near Youngsville, New York in Sullivan County, High Mowing Seeds are available at The Cutting Garden http://www.thecuttinggarden.org/

OKAY, SO YOU SAY YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME OR SPACE TO START YOUR OWN PLANTS?

YOU WILL WANT TO VISIT TRINA PILONERO OF SILVER HEIGHTS FARM IN COCHECTON NEW YORK WHO GROWS THOUSANDS OF HIERLOOM CERTIFIED ORGANIC TRANSPLANTS FOR YOU TO “POP-IN” TO YOUR PREPARED BEDS. SILVER HEIGHTS FARM MAY ALSO BE FOUND AT NEW YORK CITY GREENMARKETS AT UNION SQUARE AS WELL AS SEVERAL LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS.

http://www.silverheightsfarm.com/

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For 2012 Save What You Seed…..Should Small Farmers Occupy Wallstreet? Seed Growers Alliance Conference

Photo Credit: High Mowing Seeds, Vermont

As we find ourselves in the new year 2012  we also find ourselves surrounded by  many seed catalogues  specializing in organic, rare or hierloom varieties of plants. Why?

On December 4 of 2011 groups of small US farmers went to Zucotti Park in New York City to demonstrate against the “corporate” dominance over our food supply. Why?

Answer:      Over 56% of the world’s food supply is dominated by 4 seed companies.

Seed farmer Jim Gerritson of Maine sums it up in this U-tube video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTpDqS8qb60&feature=player_embedded#!

THERE WILL BE A LIVE BROADCAST FROM THE ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE WORKSHOP being held in Washington State on  JANUARY 19th-20th. Go to the Alliance website for more information.

http://www.seedalliance.org/Seed_Growers_Conference/

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