Over the past century we have lost 97% of our vegetable varieties in the UK alone. A handful of corporations now control a quarter of the world’s entire seed market – the very same companies who are trying to push GM ‘food’ onto our tables.
Seed swaps are about local communities taking back control of our own food supply. It’s kind of a big deal, done on a small scale over and over – to make a big difference.
There are lots of good reasons for having a community seed swap:-
- Swapped seeds are FREE – wahoo!
- Local seeds are more likely to be well-suited to your local growing conditions
- They often come with first-hand advice on how to grow them
- Seed swapping helps protect plant biodiversity
- Community Seed Swaps are great places for meeting local people!
- Seed Swaps can become exchanges for all sorts of useful local knowledge, as well as seeds.
If you would like to run your own, take a look at the fab advice and resources on Seedy Sunday Brighton’s website