Hello dear Seeders,
I hope you are having a great time and that you managed to buy your Christmas gifts second-hand!
In December, I spent ten days between Mumbai and Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. I wandered around with my camera and notebook so I could catch all of these peculiarities that make these megacities so unique to European eyes. I met a bamboo species guardian, an entrepreneur whose work it is to connect city dwellers and producers from the tribal areas... I also discovered two urban agriculture projects.
The last seeders I filmed were volunteers from the Urban Leaves and the Mumbai Farm Project initiatives working on a rooftop garden in Mumbai!
After that, I took a 15-day break before heading back to my sweet Eastern (French) home. The Seed Tour is over! Or better said, the travel part of the Seed Tour project is over... It is now time for me to pay a tribute to all the Seeders I have met this year by showing their achievements!
SEEDER OF THE MONTH
This month, we met with Frédéric Frings, who grows organic vegetables on 15 hectares of farmland! He has selected and reproduced his owns seeds for more than 20 years. He has even created his own squash species, the «Frings squash», a good way to highlight the quality of his work and to get a better remuneration for it!
You can learn everything about the story of the Frings squash in this new video from the French segment of the Tour:
As a reminder, the French segment was sponsored by Biocoop and 129 crowdfunders.
The Seed Tour has been a true adventure! I have many stories to tell.
- Like I have done in every country I visited this year, I gathered my «cultural» impressions on India in an article. I have really felt like discovering a brand new world in India: this is what I have tried to convey through my article, which you can read here: Impressions indiennes
Workers on a scaffold on the Gateway of India Square, facing the Taj Hotel in Mumbai.
- Last summer, Gaël and I toured France in a Volkswagen T3 van called «Pépita». We had great fun capturing glimpses of this vintage-style trip with an authentic film camera. You can have a look at them in the «France Argentique» photo gallery.
- I passed on the microphone to Matilde, 8 years old, who wanted to interview her grandfather who also happens to be a gardener. What do you grow? What are your tools? The result is a 100% improvised 100% Italian conversation... which you can listen to by clicking here
Have you ever asked those questions to your relatives who own a garden? Why not try? Just record their answers using your smartphone and send them to email@example.com.
LATEST SEED NEWS
You may have read that the French Constitutional Council reduced the scope of the newly adopted Agriculture and Food law in France, by cancelling several articles that would have allowed the selling of non-listed seeds from 2021. You can find more information on this in the French media la Relève et la Peste and in this (also French) TV-report made by France 3 Auvergne Rhône Alpes.
Farmers’ seeds are a solution to climate change, for they keep adapting to their environment year after year, helping thus to ensure the resistance of our crops to radical disruptions. Four NGOs, Notre affaire à tous, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme (previously named Fondation Nicolas Hulot), have decided to sue the French state for not doing enough to tackle climate change. They called it #LaffaireDuSiecle (the Affair of the century) and they need your signature here.
The Bhavani rice species originates from Tamil Nadu, a state in the eastern-southern side of India: this species has been accomodating local climate change, allowing the farmers to not become dependant on the seed industry.
The Seed Tour Project is a project carried by the Qu’est-ce-qu’on sème ? association, whose aim is to help change consumption behaviors in order to favor an agriculture that would be based on a free and conscious choice of seeds. From 2019 on, the Seed Tour will keep on living through the association.
You would like to know what the goals and action plan of the association are, and how you could contribute? I will explain everything on the come-back party of the Seed Tour, in Paris in February. Naturally, I will keep those of you who do not live in Paris posted!
This was the last Seednews in English. Thanks to Annelise Meyer, who translated them throughout this year. If you read French, answer this e-mail so I suscribe you to the French-speaking mailing list. If you don’t, I would recommend you sign up to follow the Seed Tour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where I regularly post contents in English!
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France Argentique, Brittany, July 2018
I am wishing you a happy month of January! If in France, you will soon be able to sow spring lettuce...:)
See you soon for more seed news,
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