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Beyond the Seed Bank: April Farming for Justice ReCap

How might growing culturally-appropriate foods and saving their seeds deepen food justice work?,”


This was the question posed by Owen Taylor of Truelove Seeds to Tuesday’s group of food activists in this month’s Farming for Justice Discussion. The conversation spanned from seed stories, the origin of Truelove Seeds, the importance of seed-keeping, to sharing some resources to get started with saving seeds.

Philly-based Truelove Seeds works with 20 small-scale urban and rural farmers to culminate a catalog of uncommon seeds with cultural significance. They aim to move beyond the seed bank model toward rematriation, where profits are shared, people’s experiences are honored, and ancestral seeds are linked to food justice and social change

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As promised by Owen, here is a seed saving chart from Seeds Matter:


Owen had shared a question with us at Groundswell, that we weren’t able to get into at the end of the discussion group, so we will share that here, in hopes that it will create inspiration, and good direction:

What is one thing you can do this year to embark on or deepen your seed sovereignty work?

Other resources you may want to look into for your seed-saving endeavors:

Happy Seed Keeping!

photo credits: Truelove Seeds