Seeds & Stories
Seeds, like stories, can be passed down through the generations. Seed
saving and memory banking provide a means to preserve seed lines and
the stores that accompany each seed. Seed lines can be traced back to
grandparents or other relatives and friends who nurtured the same crops;
preserving seed lines connects the present with the past and maintains
both biological and cultural diversity.
"Conservation of diversity is, above all, the production of alternatives,
of keeping alive alternative forms of production ... The diverse seeds
now being pushed to extinction carry within them seeds of other ways
of thinking about nature, and other ways of producing for our need."
- Vandana Shiva
"It's not very easy to approach people and ask for their story. The
seeds are a great medium for people to connect. You start talking about
seeds, and then the stories begin to stumble out." - Virginia Nazarea,
Gianaro,Catherine. 2000. "A
Legacy Seeded in Southern Tradition." University of Georgia
Research Magazine, Spring.
Nazarea, Virginia D. 1998. Cultural Memory and Biodiversity.
Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
Nazarea, Virginia D. 2005. Heirloom Seeds and Their Keeper. Tucson:
University of Arizona Press.