Monocrops are the number one most susceptible crop to pests, destruction, and possibly famine. By saving seeds, we maintain crop diversity. When we save seeds and store them, we’re not relying on the potential doom and gloom of industrial agricultural systems. - Sefra Alexandra
"The solution for stable, nutritious crops that can grow in non-fertilized, non-irrigated soil exist; there just needs to be a larger conversation about what those crops are and how they can be shared with the world." - @TheSeedHuntress on @WellnessForce wellnessforce.com/238
Our mission is to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide.
It has never been more critical to conserve crop diversity. We need the greatest possible diversity of crops to secure our food supply at a time when we are making unprecedented demands, and putting unprecedented pressure, on our environment.
A 10,000 YEAR LEGACY WE CAN’T LEAVE TO CHANCE
Throughout the history of agriculture, farmers have generated a seemingly endless diversity within crops, discovering ingenious solutions to local challenges. Meanwhile, many of the wild relatives of these crops have also persisted in nature, adapting to tough environments. Crop diversity allows farmers to feed the world. But this diversity is not in fact endless. It is disappearing, and once lost, it’s lost forever.
We need crop diversity both in farmer’s fields and stored in genebanks – available to all through an efficient global system to ensure that nutritious food will be available at stable and affordable prices without expanding agriculture’s footprint. Safeguarding biodiversity in – and around – agriculture is a prerequisite for food security.
No single institution can hold this diversity, which amounts to millions of distinct crop varieties and make it available to plant breeders and farmers around the world. The Crop Trust brings together and secures those genebanks that are tasked by the international community with conserving this legacy for all of us.
"Just because monocropping is giving people calories, it doesn't mean we're giving them nutrition. The reality is that we're also dealing with a lot of malnutrition througout the world because of the monoculture." - @TheSeedHuntress on @WellnessForce wellnessforce.com/238
"It's too late to be pessimistic; it's all about optimism now. Often times, people forget about the power they have to be stewards and caretakers of the earth. In fact, it's a lot easier than what most people think. It's a great feeling to see how communities are rebuilt and regenerated after a natural disaster occurs. The same thing can be said about rebuilding an environment and ecosystem." - Sefra Alexandra
"Each corn kernel you eat is a whole corn plant. Each apple seed is an entire apple tree. An acorn can grow into an oak. When you start to have reverence and understand the magic embryos that you are encountering every day, you start to have a different relationship towards being around food." - Sefra Alexandra
"We can walk into a grocery store here and there is just this gorgeous cornucopia of food available. There are very few countries where everyone is dieting. In most countries, people are dying. This comes from a huge point of privilege and to look at all this abundant food but not have an appreciation for it. Seed saving is so much easier than people think. You can take the seeds of a tomato you like and grow them in your own garden or window box at home." - Sefra Alexandra
"You can either focus on the doom and gloom of the big corporations like Monsanto or realize that the power is exactly inherently the opposite; it's completely in our hands. When we take seeds, plant, and save them, we're not relying on these bigger, industrial agricultural systems. That's how we build our own resilience." - Sefra Alexandra
The Seed Huntress believes solutions must move beyond sustainability and promote regenerative succession- fostered through hands-on, place-based engagement.
Her ethnobotanical wanderlust is mycelial: foraging & sharing seeds of knowledge in the wyld lothloriens.
Foundress of Puddy’sLuxury Wildernest tent camps, Directress of Expeditions with her twin brother for Tactivate, Cheiftess Mix-Ecology Officer of Mortar & Pistil: The World's First Survival Skills Bar & hostess of grit & garden at SpartanUP! The Podcast.