Hello dear Seeders,
I hope you are having a great month of November and that you are eating artichokes to stay healthy!
For a month, I have been carrying my rucksack and camera, and meeting farmers in one of the most fascinating countries in the world: India! To cover the large distances between my different destinations, I usually take trains, which, as I have found out, are great places to trigger conversations with Indians while sharing chai, lassis and vegetable fritters with all of the travelers in the same compartment.
After spending the first week in Kerala, with a great bunch of friends who helped me to get in tune for this new segment of the Tour, I headed straight to Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Goa, where I am writing this Seed News. Since I was not familiar with these names only a few weeks ago, I updated the Travelmap of the Seed Tour to help you locate them.
Southern India’s Coconut Way of life
I am on another planet here... You will learn more about this in the next Seednews. In the meantime, I am glad to show the first contents from the French segment of the Seed Tour! This specific segment was sponsored by Biocoop and co-created with Gaël Aliano.
SEEDER OF THE MONTH
To immerse yourself in Provence, with its cricket sounds and melon flavours, I recommend you spend two minutes with Jeannine, an experienced grandmother who happens to possess one of the most precious know-hows of our era: seed reproduction. Meet her in her garden at sunset... Stop talking, and learn:
Jardiniers, reproduisez ! - Seed Tour #21
After the success of the Reflexiones en la ruta francesa article, here is the result of the second collaboration of the Seed Tour!
Mélanie Antin, an anthropologist with a Master’s degree from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de l’Amérique Latine (Paris III) and a member of the Slow Food Paris movement, is sharing extracts from her research records showing the connection between the preservation of farmers’ seeds and political action.
You can find her article here: Conserver les semences natives, c’est politique.
As always, feel free to contact me per e-mail if you would like to share something on seeds! email@example.com
> The Seed Tour is meant to be an invitation to travel. Last July, we spend a few days in Concarneau (Brittany), in an ancient farm where creative people were gathered for the summer to try and work together on imagining and creating tomorrow’s world. You can go back in time and spend the evening with us listening to the Seed Dive #12 – Summercamp à Concarneau, France.
> Thanks to Biocoop and the 129 crowdfunders who sponsored the project, we were able to meet 15 French seeders, among which 8 producers, 3 associations, 1 cook, 1 researcher and 2 entrepreneurs. You can see me presenting the results of the French segment of the Seed Tour in front of Biocoop’s sponsorship committee in this video. We filmed a lot in France! I have decided to give you access to all of our cuts until November 30... So you get a glimpse of it.The password is nopainnograine.
> As usual, you can also follow me on a daily basis and almost-live on Instagram. Come discover rice seeds and Diwali celebrations!
Happy Diwali !
I will be spending another 2 days in Goa before heading to what will be my last stop on the Indian Seed Tour: Maharashtra! There, I will be meeting several seed guardians before immersing myself into the gigantic 20-million soul capital-city of the state: Mumbai. I will then be offline for two weeks, taking a hard-earned holiday in a secret place ;)
I am leaving you with my favorite made-in-Bollywood music (thank you Soumya!)... and video clip (not to be missed)!
I am wishing you a great month of December. And remember: lettuce, peas, carrots, radish... can still grow, provided you keep them under shelter!
See you soon for more seed news,
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Thank you Annelise for the translation of this newsletter from French to English ! You rock !