The Mora Grows Seed Library Schedules its First Seed-saving Class!


The Mora Grows Seed Library is now scheduling seed saving classes for 2014: seeds rock!

Beginning Seed Saving:

Story of seeds
Germinating seeds
Selecting seeds
Processing seeds
Keeping seeds
Avoiding cross-pollination
Modern threats to seeds
Seed saving as a business: seed-saving cooperatives

We will also be hosting our annual seed swap on this day: it will be ongoing throughout the day. Bring your best seeds and info(dates, place, growing requirements, etc.), seed tips. Show your wares, and share your homemade salsas, jams, jellies. Connect with others and learn from each other. This will be a potluck! The     folks will be here again, supporting our work, and recording your seed stories!

Marianna Lands and Nicholas Morrow have a presentation for us where they  will be sharing tips and techniques for growing food and saving seed at high elevations. They have been growing food and saving seeds for many years in their Cleveland farm, in spite of our short growing season. We are fortunate to have this skill level within our own community.

We will also have a presentation from a member of the Albuquerque Beekeepers: , Raymond Espinoza. He would be helping us imagine successful gardens that attract pollinators by offering observations derived from his experience, as well as his understanding of Langstroth and Topbar beehives. An update on the state of bees and what we can do for them included. He will also be sharing with us the many uses of honey: yum! We are delighted that this is coming to pass, as keeping bees guarantees a bountiful harvest. Raymond is a Mora native, although he has spent the greatest part of his life in Albuquerque. Welcome home, Ray!

Some permaculture tips will be shared at this event: Nalina Uehlein, owner of  will be sharing with us how to deal with perennial seeds. She lives in Guadalupita and we are excited to hear what she has to say, as she has just returned from a workshop with one of the great permaculture teachers of the world: Sepp Holzer.

We will be watching the trailer for the movie Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds, by Sean Kaminsky, which will air on Tuesday, April 22nd, at the De Vargas Mall Cinema 6, in Santa Fe, located at 562 N Guadalupe. If you can support this showing, please do so here:  We need to find 82 more movie-watchers in order for the showing to go through. Our own seed library in Mora is featured on this film. Please visit Sean’s page and encourage him:

We are trying to pack this event with relevant info – come ready to take it all in. You’ll have 15 seconds to introduce yourself, your project or dreams: bring business cards, or brochures with any information you are trying to get out there. This is more than a seed-saving event: it is a way to re-connect global community members. We all want to know what you have been up to and how we can support you!

When: Sunday, April 6th

Seed swap: 12:00 – 1:30 pm  Ongoing potluck  starts at noon- bring a dish! Bring your own china and utensils, please. We are aiming for zero trash – a lofty goal, we know!
Seed saving class: 1:30 am – 5:30 pm
Tea provided: bring a mug!

Where: St. Gertrude’s Parish Hall – Junction of Hwy 518 & Hwy 434, in Mora County, NM

What to bring for class:
-2 wide-mouth glass jars with lids, 1 plastic 1-gallon jug, neck cut off.
-A sense of humor!

How much:

A donation of $10 is welcome: money will go to printing expenses, fresh vegetables for seed-saving practice, and seed packets for library.

Write to, or call Marleny at (575)758-1782 to register- April 2nd last day. See you there!

“Seeds have the power to preserve species, to enhance cultural as well as genetic diversity, to counter economic monopoly and to check the advance of conformity on all its many fronts.” 
― Michael PollanSecond Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Plants Will Not Grow Near a Wi-Fi Router

Student science experiment finds plants won’t grow near Wi-Fi router: Teens involved in plants and cellphone experiment, Hjallerup Skole


Ninth-graders design science experiment to test the effect of cellphone radiation on plants. The results may surprise you.

Cress Collage
Photo courtesy of Kim Horsevad, teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark.
Five ninth-grade young women from Denmark recently created a science experiment that is causing a stir in the scientific community.

It started with an observation and a question. The girls noticed that if they slept with their mobile phones near their heads at night, they often had difficulty concentrating at school the next day. They wanted to test the effect of a cellphone’s radiation on humans, but their school, Hjallerup School in Denmark, did not have the equipment to handle such an experiment. So the girls designed an experiment that would test the effect of cellphone radiation on a plant instead.

The students placed six trays filled with Lepidium sativum, a type of garden cress, into a room without radiation, and six trays of the seeds into another room next to two routers that according to the girls’ calculations, emitted about the same type of radiation as an ordinary cellphone.

Over the next 12 days, the girls observed, measured, weighed and photographed their results. By the end of the experiment the results were blatantly obvious — the cress seeds placed near the router had not grown. Many of them were completely dead. Meanwhile, the cress seeds planted in the other room, away from the routers, thrived.

The experiment earned the girls  top honors in a regional science competition and the interest of scientists around the world.

According to Kim Horsevad, a teacher at Hjallerup Skole in Denmark where the cress experiment took place, a neuroscience professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, is interested in repeating the experiment in a controlled professional scientific environment.