As we arrived at the Mora Valley Spinning Mill, many others were pouring from their cars, ready to help set up tables, organize seeds into categories, keep the fire going, and display the food. The SeedBroadcast Station crew and their retrofitted bread van were already there! Some came from Las Vegas, others from Taos, Anton Chico, and Santa Fe.
Many came and went through the day, yet the feelings of warmth and excitement lingered in the air. We learned ancient, forgotten planting techniques, we listened to each other’s intentions and dreams for the world, we shared food and hot herbal tea from La Sierra Farm: their home-canned goods were a total success! We had a couple of prizes to give away. Barry Doucette, from Taos, took questions about permaculture, and Nalina shared about her new organic and heirloom seed company: http://circleoflifeorganicseeds.com/ She talked to us about the importance of the anti-fracking movement for farmers, and gardeners. There was a feeling of playfulness, and human warmth that we did not anticipate.
Unfortunately, the movie was not shown due to a lack of a sound system. We will schedule a time for this showing in the future. We are committed to spreading the news about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the ravages associated with such foods.
Everyone left with pockets and bags filled with seeds, some local, many organic, quite a few were heirloom varieties. Many are writing, expressing their gratitude, telling us that they felt rejuvenated, and honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of individuals.
Ruth Fort came and she took some photos of the event: she has written an article for The Optic that will be published this week! Thank you, Ruth! Make sure to look at the SeedBroadcast website, for they will have your interviews and seed stories up very soon! http://seedbroadcast.org/ Thank you, SeedBroadcast! We are very grateful to everyone for showing up, for your support. We are also grateful for the Mora Valley Spinning Mill and Tapetes de Lana’s willingness to host our seed library.
We are planning a “start swap” in four weeks from now: keep an eye out for fliers around town, and e-mails will be sent out. There will be another seed swap at the Sangre de Cristo Livestock and Garden Growers Association, on the 13th of April, at the Mora Independent Schools administration building. The meeting begins at 10 am, and there is always good food afterwards – potluck style.
Upon Marleny’s return from Seed Saving School, April 7-12th, we will schedule seed saving classes. Make sure to send us an e-mail if you are interested: email@example.com.
As we were getting ready to leave, an employee from the Mora Valley Ranch Supply store came with hundreds of packets of seeds – a loving donation that is already being put to good use. Thank you Mora Valley Ranch Supply!
Grow your plants, save some seed: at the end of the season we could have a celebration and return seeds to the library, or you could just return them to our box at Tapetes when you are in town. Ideally, we would return twice as many as we borrowed: this would make our library into a rather plump one! Any excess seeds we could donate to sister seed libraries, or help other towns start their own. The Mora Valley, with its fertile earth, and clean water, deserves to become the seed production capital of the Southwest. This is one way to create heaven on earth!
Spring is around the corner!