The Scoop

Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Springtime Seed Swappin'

Collecting and swapping plant seeds is a skill and practice that has largely died out with the rise of commercial agriculture. In many cases, seed (bio-technology) corporations have successfully lobbied law-makers to make collecting seeds from cultivated plants illegal - a conception of intellectual property which clearly favors corporate interests and also suggests the extent of the commodification of nature. For some thoughts on the far-reaching consequences of this see Kloppenburg's classic book, or this website.

All that said, there are still people who collect seeds. But networks of seed-traders are increasingly important due to the decline in collectors, and later this month outside of our very own Athens, GA is a sure-fire seed swap. It has been running for many years and we are trying to increase the number of participants and exposure to this important practice, so come on down and check it out! There will be all kinds of fun to be had in addition to learning about seeds: home-made cider; live music; good food...

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