Hello dear Seeders,
I hope you had a nice month of June, and that you celebrated the Summer harvesting your first tomatoes! The biggest fans among you may have noticed that this Seednews is two weeks late... There are several (good) explanations for this :-)
At the beginning of June, I spent two weeks on the banks of the Senegal River, the natural border between Senegal and Mauritania, and I discovered the town of Saint-Louis and the ecological village of Guédé-Chantiers. I am very much looking forward to sharing with you all the encounters, sounds, and pictures I gathered there! From Senegal, I flew straight to the French region of Savoy, where I found the great T3 Volkswagen van that I will be driving through France this Summer... The first 500-kilometer drive to Metz and my family was a plain success :-)
This month, I also received some backup from Mexico: Gaël, whom you might remember from Granola Maya, is joining me on the Tour to film, question and mobilise our French seeders!
Gaël on the Seed Van, in the Baie des Trépassés (Literally the « Bay of the Departed », Brittany)
As a reminder, you can follow our adventures live on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seed_tour/.
This is the end of the «French appetizer», now back to the Senegalese segment of the Seed Tour! I got to meet many inspiring people in Senegal, and I am still working on compiling and sorting out the many written, audio, video interviews, and photo reports.
But first, I recommend you read this article on the Senegalese situation on the Web site to get some context: Graines au Sénégal : Contexte
SEEDERS OF THE MONTH
In Senegal, farmers aim at being less dependent on big corporations, and they know the best way to attain this goal is to reproduce their own seeds... Only this ancestral knowledge has often been lost. This is why I focused on training this month.
My investigations led me to a seed shop in Mboro; the Sahel region, where I stayed with the Baye Fall community; and an educational farm on the coast, where I met Ousmane, the president of the Senegalese Ecovillage network. You can see all of them in the first big-format report on Senegal, Grand Format Sénégal du Seed Tour: « Priorité formation ».
Looking for some dreaming material? Here are your options for this month:
- Visit the Casamance picture gallery (100% argentic!);
- Read this sweet poem I discovered at the Photography Museum of Saint-Louis;
- Have a look at the latest Snap Seeds;
- Discover the faces of resistance in Guédé-Chantiers;
- Check our updated Travelmap;
- Listen to «Circuits-Courts», a French radio show where I had the opportunity to speak about the Senegalese segment of the Seed Tour on June 14.
Biocoop, a leader and pioneer in the distribution of organic products in France that has been committed to preserving farmers’ seeds for more than 30 years has just accepted to support the Seed Tour in France!
You can find the complete list of our partners and sponsors here.
Thanks to the good work of Adélie, our volunteer, we finally managed to set up our French itinerary. There it is:
If you are a farmer, researcher, entrepreneur or association working on farmers’ seeds and based in France, feel free to send us an invite so we come and visit you (firstname.lastname@example.org - 06.83.10.25.74)!
Remember you are more than welcome to add your own contribution to the Seed Tour: if you know of a project around seeds... Just take a picture and send it to me with a short description, so I can add it to the global list of seeders, under Seed With Us.
I am wishing you a great July... and don’t you forget to spread the seeds!
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