Tropical Seed Saving Project
Since the middle of the 20th century mono-cultural techniques based on industrial chemicals and hybrid seeds have dominated farming in Canada. Farmers are now expressing concern over the control of seeds and genetic variations. At present 60% of the remaining gene pool of crop plants is inadequately conserved or studied; and 90% of the remaining pool is not being used commercially. As we strive for a brighter future, we must ensure that our food supply is not threatened by reliance on corporations and governments to classify and dictate what we grow and hence what we eat.
The notion of strengthening the capacity of field crop producers by building a diverse ecological vegetable seed system in the GTA stands on the work done by the indigenous inhabitants of the area. Through training and practicum we can ensure that we save and exchange seeds to continue the propagation on an annual basis and develop seed saving techniques that will guarantee a viable germination rate.
This Seed Saving Project is implemented at the Black Creek Community Farm (BCCF) and at community and back-yard gardens in the Black Creek Community. The beneficiaries will include the participants in our community and back-yard garden programs, AFB Ujamaa Farm incubator farmers’ program participants, Farmers’ Market customers and food buying club members.
Notwithstanding the above, the BCCF is also focusing on educating students in the community on where food comes from and the benefits of a healthy diet. These students and young volunteers will participate in our seed saving program as they are the vanguard to a brighter and ecologically sustainable future in their communities