FREE THE SEEDS (TM)

All packed in used shoe boxes

Labels made

First seed order shipped out

Multiple ways Monsanto is putting normal seed out of reach

People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.

Not so simple.  Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days?  How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops?  How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?

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Dr. Shiva has organized to stand against seed monopolies. According to Dr. Shiva….

(One) Swadeshi…which means the capacity to do your own thing–produce your own food, produce your own goods….”

“(Two) Swaraj–to govern yourself. And we fight on three fronts-–water, food, and seed. JalSwaraj is water independence–water freedom and water sovereignty. Anna Swaraj is food freedom, food sovereignty. And Bija Swaraj is seed freedom and seed sovereignty. Swa means self–that which rises from the self and is very, very much a deep notion of freedom.

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This article simply puts together all the reasons we have started Freedom Seeds in the first place.  A seed company so aptly named, too!     Not to mention its sister site with the same purpose. We can no longer linger in our grandparents’ wartime mentality of gardening for victory over our enemies.  It’s a new age, a new time and a new movement.   We’re talking about food and seed sovereignty- FREEDOM.

Well, there are a couple other reasons why we started Freedom Seeds.  One, that we needed to educate ourselves and purchase pure and sure seeds for our own garden.  It came as a shock to me, at least, that not all organic seeds are equal – that even though you by non-gmo, organic seeds Monsanto still owns the seed variety ( they own over 2,500 common vegetable varieties).

Two, with little to no donations coming in and Peddler’s Wagon sales slumping, we needed to find a way (without grants) to pay for sites like Freedom Gardens and LHITC.

While you are enjoying the LHITC or FG, making friends and chatting on the forums, we are trying to figure out how to pay for all the costs the website(s) incur.   I also know that many of you would like to see the links and applications work on FG, and we would too – but nothing is free.  Someone has to pay.

If there are any profits made from the FS enterprise, everything will go towards improving the FG website, which still needs (lots of) work.

While the requests for the seeds have been tremendous – to date we’ve had nearly 200 list request – we’ve only received two handfuls of orders.   Believe me, I am getting a little anxious as I stare at the huge boxes of bulk seeds now stacked in the living room.   I try to alleviate my worrying saying perhaps it’s too early and everyone is just waiting for the website which would make it easier to order.  Not wanting to dwell too long on the negative,  I put my anxiety to work, and hopefully we’ll have the FS website up by mid-February.  Until then, I will be trying not to bite my fingernails.

To those of you who did order.  We thank you for your support.  We are passionate about what we do and like to see others benefit from the work we do here and share on this and our sister site.

Together, we are growing the future.

Oh, and there’s some good news to report.   After a long, hot and dry two weeks, we have a cool and cloudy day!  Winter – she’s back.  Perhaps rain is on the horizon?

That weather update and more in entries to follow.

Comments(17)

  1. Robin says:

    Could you please e-mail me your seed list?

    robin@shreeves.net

    Thank-you.

  2. Susy says:

    I’ll be making an order and giving away some of your seeds on my blog to raise awareness. I’m just too busy doing my business taxes at the moment to plan out my garden. Next week I should finally get it finished.

  3. Rebeca says:

    I’d love a copy of your seed list please. My email is zephyrlily7 at yahoo dot com.
    Thanks so much!

  4. Maureen says:

    We have the list and have picked out our seeds….but yeah the website would be easier to order on (how lazy are we?)

    And even in sunny Central Valley, I usually don’t plant until April….so I wasn’t in a hurry.

    The word is being spread tho….on blogs and in emails…not to worry!

  5. Susan says:

    I do plan to order, just haven’t had time yet. I don’t get a day off til Monday between work and family commitments; those trombocino squash are gonna amaze the neighbors hanging from my front deck rails!

  6. karenhenks says:

    Please email your seed list to me : I promise to place an order.

  7. Jill says:

    May I have a copy of your seed list also?

  8. Sally Withuhn says:

    Please e-mail your seed list and we will order seeds! Thanks

  9. beth says:

    please email me a copy of your seed list.

  10. Michelle says:

    Please email me your seed list please.
    Michelle (stillseekingfarm@yahoo.com) Thanks!

  11. Di says:

    count me in as another waiting for the website. I’m lazy I like to browse, plan, browse some more, figure out if I can eek out more space to shove plants in THEN order. lol

    Also yep we have RAIN! Yahooo! It’s coming down in buckets here right now in Simi Valley so you should be getting some too! Time to get the graph paper and planting schedule out and figure out what is going where.

  12. Philippe DEMETS says:

    PLease Email me your seed list, I’m in Ontario Canada,
    would you be aware if I will be getting my order, due to Canada Customs?

    Thanks Phil

  13. Bill McDorman says:

    Keep up the great work. Save your own seeds! You can find free, detailed seed saving instructions for all the vegetables on the website of this 20 year-old non-profit:

    http://www.seedsave.org/issi/issi_904.html

  14. Mary Hysong says:

    I’m another working on my order. I already have most of the seeds I need at least for spring, but you listed several interesting things I want to try out. Just of course I ran out of ink when I went to print the order form the first time and then Life got in the way, but i should get it done and sent off to you soon. Beleive me I love to come read and look at pics here and chat over at FG forums & really appreciate how hard you all work to bring us these things. I want one of those hanging pantry thingys too, but have to wait for some more money to come in…..I think we are all in the same boat. I just hope it rains ;_)

  15. Judy says:

    I’ve already requested and received the FS list 🙂 Thanks for sending it so quickly! I will be getting my order together this weekend. I am also promoting FS on my blog and I love Susy’s idea of giving away some FS on her blog to raise awareness. Susy — I’m going to follow suit and use your idea!

    The Path To Freedom blog is a daily stop for me. I so look forward to reading about the “going on’s” at the Dervaes’ urban homestead. They are a source of inspiration for me. They show me all the things that can be accomplished on just 1/5th of an acre (home and garden). I love the pics of the garden — just awesome! And then to think they also have chickens, ducks, and even goats! Also, I would like to challenge all my gardening buddies to sign up for the monthly donation of $1, $5 or $10 (I committed to the $5 per month). It’s very easy and you can use your PayPal account! Here’s the link: http://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2009/01/19/monthly-donation-option/

  16. Holly says:

    I got the seed list — thanks!! I have a question, though. I’ve been wondering how well these varieties that flourish in S. Cal. will do in other areas. (For example, I live in Mississippi where the growing season may be wet, humid, and mildewy or dry, hot, and droughty — or some combination of all of the above! I was wondering if heritage seeds from closer to home (in my case Southern Exposure) would do better. Any thoughts?

  17. Deborah says:

    Would love a list of seeds. Please e-mail me at DeborahMReed@gmail.com. You are a real inspiration to me!

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