In the late 1990s The Seed Savers' Network began to decentralise ...
For many years, Seed Savers' office and seed bank in Byron Bay was the "centre" of the Seed Savers' Network, providing leadership, vision, enthusiastic energy and free seeds to everyone who would save the seeds and pass them on. We started to talk about the idea to decentralise into regional groups in the late 1990s and launched them in 2001. We encouraged our subscribers across Australia to form their own seed saving groups and share in the responsibility and pleasure of locating, mapping, multiplying and sharing locally adapted seeds.
The concept of "Local Seed Networks" was becoming a reality. By mid 2005 we had completed our five year plan towards the goal of setting up at least sixty Local Seed Networks (LSNs). By late 2009 we had ninety seven Local Seed Networks registered. They had the privilege of being at the entry point of many local varieties and rare species of food plants.
In the meantime we wrote and published the Local Seed Network Manual that is available at the PRI bookshop's website.
Why are Local Seed Networks crucial to Permaculture projects?
Today many people understand the value of finding local varieties that grow well without pesticides and expensive inputs and are suited to organic and Permaculture cultivating methods. Local varieties have adapted to local climatic, soil and cultural conditions. Keeping seeds in climate, in culture and in the hands of gardeners and farmers is the best insurance for global climate change.
The solution to many of today's problems with poor-quality corporate-bred vegetables is quite simple: breed and grow your own and share.
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