Each year our wonderful sponsors Infinity do a blog post about why Seedy Sunday is so important. For more from Infinity Foods check them out @infinityfoodsbrighton and their website https://infinityfoodsretail.coop/our-shop/
“The ever-growing issue of global climate change presents great pressure on commercial seed varieties and modern farming practices, due to genetic erosion. Potentially useful characteristics disappear every time a variety is lost and its seeds are not saved. Local varieties were important in traditional farming because they were best at growing well in the areas they were bred, and there is little chance that we will ever recover these lost varieties.
“THE WIDESPREAD USE OF GENETICALLY UNIFORM MODERN CROP VARIETIES HAS CAUSED AGRICULTURAL CROPS TO LOSE ABOUT 75% OF THEIR GENETIC DIVERSITY IN THE LAST CENTURY”
-THE WORLD WIDE FUND (WWF)
When buying food in a supermarket, many of these varieties have been bred for commercial profit. These foods have not been developed for our health, but instead, have been grown from seed that has been hybridised, selected for traits that last longest on shop shelves and therefore appear successful and look pretty to consumers.
When we save seed and grow our own food we take back some of that power, actively creating our future, by putting health, nutrition and diversity at the forefront of growing.
You don’t have to have a garden, farm or allotment to be interested in coming to Seedy Sunday! It’s very easy to grow many plants indoors, on a window ledge or balcony. Many seeds shared at Seedy Sunday are from flowers and herbs, which can be a great way to get into developing a green thumb. Why not try growing salad staples? You can very easily grow tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, radishes and chillies at home; they just need sunlight, good soil and a little care. There isn’t a meal as delicious as the one you have grown yourself!
Seedy Sunday is not just about growing – there’s a whole host of exhibitors from the local area, as well as food producers, community projects and talks. Tickets available for Seedy Sunday visitors from 10.30am on the day – first come, first served. Other talks by a whole host of experts.
So come down to Seedy Sunday on the 2nd of February. A different world is possible and it all starts with a seed!
As usual, we will be selling organic seeding potatoes and other goodies.”