From which all was created, mankind, flora and fauna sprang from seeds. Our species (sperm and eggs) and earth to which we’re all intimately connected, is perpetuated by the small embryonic plant enclosed in a covering. We mustn’t underestimate the mighty seeds potential, since without seed plants, life wouldn’t be possible.
A miracle of life, small, nutrient dense seeds are an eternal yes to life and considered sacred in indigenous circles. A vast majority of seeds have the opportunity to keep millions of earthlings from starvation: the potential to save our delicate, mutual, future world. Seeds are of immense biological and economic importance. World blight can befall us if we continue depending on limited varieties of corn, soy and wheat.
Seeding plants provide shelter to many life forms, as well as food for herbivores, thereby indirectly feeding carnivores. Plants play a key role in the maintenance of terrestrial ecosystems through stabilization of soils, cycling of carbon, and climate moderation. Large tropical forests release oxygen and act as carbon dioxide sinks. Plant secondary metabolites are used for medicinal purposes and industrial production.
Often hard, very small, or large, there are many different kinds of seeds. Some plants make a lot of seeds, some make only a few. Un-containable, abounding seeds are fertilized, mature ovules—the result of sexual reproduction in plants. Not all plants produce seeds, but those that do often rely on these seeds to replicate themselves over successive seasons and years. They contain high protein, starch and oil reserves that help in the early stages of growth and development in a plant.
Not only for planting and harvesting alone, seeds are also eaten alone for supreme nutrition. Chia, hemp, flax, quinoa, and pumpkin brim with wholesome protein, vitamin and mineral nutrition, and essential fatty acids. Seeds are the source of some medicines including castor oil, tea tree oil.
Plants play a significant role in the maintenance of earthly ecology's through soil maintenance, carbon cycling, and climate control. Tropical forests release oxygen and act as carbon dioxide sink.
Fighting for the cause of seeds, “sow, grow, unite” and reap peace is the mantra of The Cooperative Gardens Commission (CGC) a grassroots project of the Experimental Farm Network Cooperative, a Philadelphia-based) non-profit organization working to increase local food production in response to both the COVID pandemic and persistent inequality.
The CGC is composed of hundreds of volunteer organizers from across the US and Canada working as a collective to increase community food production, facilitate resource-sharing, help first-time gardeners succeed, build more resilient communities, and support existing food sovereignty projects and networks, especially in communities that were already struggling before the COVID-19 pandemic.
CGC includes everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, survivor status, economic status, immigration or documentation status, nationality, language, appearance, age, religion, ability, background, health, etc. “We are here to share knowledge and skills with our community. No one knows everything. Together we know a lot.” CGC attempts to create a community that holds space for the wisdom and experience of black, brown, indigenous folks, immigrants, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, elders, chronically ill, disabled, immune-compromised people, and all others whose voices and experiences are far too often marginalized by our society.
Violence or oppressive behavior in any form will is not tolerated. Growing food is not easy, especially for first time growers, so CGC urges anyone who wants to spread the news, sow seeds of peace on earth and help neighbors grow food. To unburden Gaia.
“A seed is a mysterious miracle of life. Both beginning, end, life and death, nothing and everything. A seed sits in the palm of the hand, yet grows into a living structure which can be tall as a building. It’s a single grain, yet it’s the source of a thousand grains. Seeds can be stored for many years, then stirred into life in days. A seed is the whole universe in a grain of sand.” Simon Marshall
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