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A diverse, intergenerational and vibrant community

 

Our seed savers, some of whom you can see portrayed in the exhibition and in thumbnails below, have all decided to make a small act, and any small acts make a movement, one which can have a positive impact on the quality of the food on our plates; the health of our land, urban and rural, waterways and soil; the prosperity of our pollinators; and, ultimately, the well-being of ourselves and our children.

Saving seed is a reclamation of our past, present and future, a practice borne of the knowledge that the health and biodiversity of our planet is linked to our own health, and it is in our hands to restore it.

We would love you to consider becoming a seed-saver. Check our Seed Saving Tips and data from our Seed Saving Network

and consider joining. It is free, it only takes a few steps and it will bring you so much joy:

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How we did in 2021

In 2021, we had 300 members. 107 people answered our survey, 27 of whom were first-time growers, and 50 intermediate growers, who had grown but never saved seed. 28% grew indoors and 46% grew in outdoor gardens. This is relevant, because as part of our mission to have everyone growing something, it is helpful to have varieties that can be grown on windowsills indoors. Nearly all respondents grow food because it brings them joy, and because they want to help nature.

Our plans for 2022

 

Collecting this data has been helpful in learning what we would like to grow this year. For example, tomato blight was a huge problem in 2021. Our gardens, and nearly all our growers, lost their tomato plants. However, one variety, the yellow clementine tomato, was able to withstand blight longer than the others, and from our growers we saw that those who grew on elevated spaces, such as terraces or balconies, had no issues with this pernicious fungal disease. We also found that, amazingly, chocolate peppers can grow quite happily indoors by a sunny window given a bit of hand pollination.

Our garden vision for 2022 is to grow plants using only our own seed stocks and continue to support others in learning to grow food and saving seed.

- Sonia Rego, OmVed Gardens’ Seed Saving Network Manager

We would like to thank Zewditu Checcin, Kevin Godby, Silvia Gallotti, Karen Mandelstam, Isabel Robertson, Cherrell Avery, Moy Fierheller, Charlie Harpur, Lydia Burman, Florence Dring, Tasnim Desai, Angelina Melwani, Marko Madjarac and Laura Huff, Ella Phillips, Daryl Gadzekpo, Zayan-Ra Gadzekpo, Azian Gadzekpo, Neelam Patel, Kalpana Arias, Ellen Miles, Catherine Leclan, Johanna Tagfada Hoffbeck, Buster Grey-Jung and Antje Lang for letting us take their portrait for this exhibition. 

 

All photographs by Will Hearle. Art Direction by Maia Magoga

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