“As time elapses, and the resources from which our forests have been supplied fail,
we shall of necessity be more and more convinced of the significance of the seed.”
—Henry David Thoreau
What do seeds mean to you? A powerful symbol of life and culture, seeds represent the foundation of what is possible. Our well-being, the strength of our communities, the vibrancy of our economy, and the peace of our nations, rest in one way or another on our relationship with seeds.
Yet seed diversity, which is central to traditional ways of farming and gardening, is now at risk from pollution, genetic engineering, chemical agriculture, and our own lack of connection to nature.
In the face of globalization and climate change, we are called to understand the economic, political, social, and natural ecosystems in which seeds thrive in order to preserve biodiversity and food sovereignty for all.
Whether you are already working closely with these issues, or are interested in learning more, we invite you to be part of a growing global community coming together to protect the Commons, including the pivotal right to share and save seeds.
Join us for this weekend exploration of social action and personal contemplation with a faculty of celebrated authors, seed advocates, and practitioners. We welcome growers, gardeners, seed savers, educators, writers, activists, students, and all interested in our shared future.
Saturday evening features a town hall style forum with Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Ralph Nader. View a complete list of speakers.