The Seed Bank to Leave Sonoma County National Bank Building

After a ten-year run in the iconic Sonoma County National Bank building at the corner of Petaluma Boulevard North and Washington Street, the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed folks will soon be moving their Seed Bank retail business across the street a block away, to the Fraley building at 110 Petaluma Boulevard N. In an audacious…

Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Catalog for 2017 is Now Available

The Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company’s 2017 catalog is hot off the press and now available. If you haven’t seen their catalog before, you’re in for quite a treat. It’s a huge, full-color publication quite unlike any other you’ve likely seen. Stop by the Petaluma Seed Bank to pick up your copy, or sign up…

Local Screenings of Seed: The Untold Story Tonight & Tomorrow

Buy tickets to the Tuesday, September 6 or Wednesday, September 7 screenings of Seed: The Untold Story here. Both screenings are at Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa.

Write the filmmakers: “On Sept  6th and 7th SEED: The Untold Story will have two special screenings for its Santa Rosa Premiere! Taggart Siegel, award-winning director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John and Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? will return to the Bay Area for a Q&A following both screenings. Also joining both nights will be Emigdio Ballon, featured in SEED: The Untold Story. Emigdio is a Bolivian seed saver and  one of the most prominent driving forces behind the Tesuque Pueblo’s seed bank, which was built to house disappearing Native American seed varieties across the American Southwest. On Sept 6th Rowen White, also featured in SEED, will make a special appearance. Rowen is a Grass Valley seed saver, farmer and educator. Rowen is of Mohawk descent, and has developed the Sierra Seed Co-operative. She was recently elected the Board of Directors of Seed Savers Exchange, the world’s largest grassroots seed saving exchange in the US. Screening are playing in conjunction with the Heirloom Exposition which runs Sept 6-8.”

Why Are We Being Fed By A Poison Expert?

Published June 5 by The Undercurrent.

Is the ‘old’ Monsanto, the one responsible for producing Agent Orange, PCB’s and DDT and a terrible record at covering up and denying the tragedies that have resulted from their use, the same as the ‘new’ Monsanto, the one at the forefront of research in plant gene technology? We argue their scientific and ethical track record is entirely relevant to what they do today.
And what they do today is control a huge portion of the crop seeds that feed the world. We’ve had a great deal of feedback, with some viewers suggesting that some of the negative comments may be attributed to ‘astroturfing’. Regardless, we welcome spirited, cordial discussion. Monsanto have asked for a right of reply, which we will post when we receive.

Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani #TelSwaraj तेल स्वराज

Published by Organic Consumers Association on Feb 2, 2016:

On January 30th 2016, Gandhi’s martyrdom day, Navdanya was joined by numerous Gandhian and farmers’ groups in the launch of the Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani to defend nutrition rich traditional oils and boycott toxic soya oil being dumped on Indians through ‘Free Trade’

With the death of the ghanis, traditional oilseeds are bound to die. We are at risk of not only losing out our diverse food culture, but also the tastes of home. All our cooking requires traditional oils such as mustard, sesame, linseed, coconut etc.- each with it’s own benefits.

The satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani is also one that fights for our culture. No industrial substitute has the properties of mustard to preserve and flavour our pickles, or give the pungent tang to our food and puffed rice preparations(our masala muri and our bhate bhath)

Hydrogenated vegetable oils do not possess the medicinal ayurvedic qualities of traditional oils, and will be foreign to our culture and our fire rituals. They contain transfats which are hazardous to health and have been banned in the United States

Grow Your Own! Ellen Solomon’s Seed Starting Class at SRJC March 19

Longtime local arborist Ellen Solomon is now offering her Seed Starting class at the Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus community garden. Start seeds and grow your own vegetables. Learn basic principles of vegetable gardening, soils and seeds to successfully grow your own seeds for your four season garden. Tour SRJC – Petaluma’s new Community Garden. You bring…

Seed Libraries, Seed Swaps Endangered in California – Your Help Requested

There are about 52 Seed Libraries in California. AB 2470, the “California Seed Law,” was amended in 2014.  One of the provisions that was slipped in, basically makes Seed Libraries and Seed Swaps illegal in California.  Specifically it says is that if you share seeds with anyone that lives more than 3 miles away from…