Seed is truly a storage place of culture. Within each seed is a long and storied tradition, telling of growth and relationship to place.
Cultivated seed crops are beautifully interwoven with human cultures. Our growing practices, climactic conditions, aesthetic and culinary preferences are all deeply imprinted in individual seeds. In turn, the foods and medicines that seeds yield literally become us; you are what you eat.
The FAO estimates that in living memory we have lost 75-90% of the Earth’s crop diversity. This loss has happened parallel to a loss of global linguistic and cultural diversity.
We know that resilient, healthy communities are rooted in diversity. By holding seed in the public domain, we give local communities access to and control over this important cultural legacy. Perhaps more importantly, we create a forum for the continued evolution and flourishing of diversity, as new seeds are cultivated and shared.