Seed saving: Nature’s abundance

Today became the day for seed saving. It wasn’t what I had planned but it’s what I ended up doing since I had a stomach bug, was lacking energy and, as it turns out, one of our mizuna plants was well and truly dried and ready to drop her seeds.


I’m not very experienced with seed saving and propagating but I try to learn whenever an opportunity arises. I’m keen to learn more and I figure nature teaches me if I’m willing to observe and spend time with her.


While I was pulling tiny black seeds from fragile dried pods I had a lot of time to think and get lost in this repetitive but calming process. It is like a meditation to do this sort of activity – it fills you with peace, grounds and connects you.


These seeds were initially thanks to Jean who had brought them back to La Paz, Bolivia, from a work trip to Canada where he had found a store selling seeds from The Seed Savers Exchange. Since then we had enjoyed many delicious meals of mizuna and we had allowed one good plant to go to seed. Now, we have lots of seeds for more mizuna plants, hopefully slightly more adapted to our local conditions. I am always struck by nature’s abundance – we now have so many seeds from a single plant! It’s hard not to feel grateful when confronted by it.


Of course, I couldn’t help but think about Monsanto and their evil patenting of seeds too… but I’ll save you from that rant today 🙂 You should check out this page, Seed Freedom, for more information though.

I was also thinking about how wonderful it felt to be doing this, even on our minuscule scale, in an apartment. I’m so grateful for seed savers everywhere, preserving our heirloom varieties and securing diversity. It scares me to think about how quickly we’ve lost so much of the world’s diversity. We need diversity for stability – to create greater connections, to protect us against disease and plagues, for nutrition and soil generation…


Lastly, I saved some pods for Jean to crack open when he got home from work as I didn’t want him to miss out on the opportunity for reflection also… perhaps a bit silly, but I know he appreciated it 🙂


One Comment

  • stefani

    Great Carly and Jean! While focussing on detaching each grain you also detach from negative ions. What a positive mental concentration! Why not to have your own seeds bank exchange? I heard of one in Peru gathering all the ancient potatoes and mais species, should be something specific to the Andes as much of the globaly existing plants come from there, if not the plant itself, the gene of resistance to centuries, altitude and hard contrasted climate. Wonderful to share your peaceful and nature loving atmosphere! suzy


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