[permaculture] SOS Make the toolbox bigger was: It's free on the web was question about PCD course prices

Lawrence F. London, Jr. lfl at intrex.net
Sat Sep 11 18:08:41 EDT 2004

Subject: Re: [permaculture] SOS/Make the toolbox bigger/ was It's free on the web/ was question about PCDcourseprices
From: Robyn Williamson <rz.williamson at optusnet.com.au>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 15:05:34 +1000
To: permaculture <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>

On Saturday, September 11, 2004, at 03:31 am, Lawrence F London, Jr. and GlobalCirclenet wrote:

>>  A
>> backyard garden is a magnificent microcosm
>> elegant aesthetics on the cheap.
>>> , but doesn't reach the broader potential of
>>> permaculture to alter industrial agriculture. That may be a difficult
> and
>> Certainly it does; how about 30 million backyard gardens in the US; think
>> of the
>> potantial to alter industrial agriculture if they were done naturally
>> within permaculture systems.
>>> elusive goal for any author.  On a more positive note, I'm encouraged to
>>> see interest in " free peer to peer open source system of permaculture
>>> training, knowledge base, & access to resources" from "mIEKAL".
>> That will happen.

It is already happening here in Oz:  The Seed Savers Network of Byron Bay provides permaculture-based training, knowledge and access to
resources for around 60 established Local Seed Networks.  We work as volunteers out of community gardens, backyards and lounge rooms across
the country.  We attend expos, trade shows, exhibitions etc. and give talks to local community groups, encouraging people to grow something,
anything, in their own backyard and to save/share the seeds.  We give away, trade or sell our own organically grown, open-pollinated,
GE-free seeds of food plants.  Whoever controls the seeds, controls the food supply and at the moment three-quarters of the global vegetable
seed market is controlled by 5 seed companies.

As many of you are undoubtedly aware, we have lost 75% of agricultural biodiversity in the last century and the genepool continues to shrink
at the rate of 2.5% per annum (FAO State of the World Report 2000).  This puts traditional varieties of vegetables amongst the most
threatened and endangered of all species.

"All the flowers
of all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today"
[Indian proverb]

It's the same for our food.

This is an SOS to anyone out there - please help to Save Our Seeds.

Best wishes from Robyn


Robyn Williamson
PDC, Urban Horticulturist
Hon Sec, Fagan Park Community Eco Garden Committee
Local Seed Network Coordinator
ph/fx:  (612) 9629 3560
email:  rz.williamson at optusnet.com.au

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