Monthly Archives: November 2011

“Our Seeds” at Festival in Giessen, Germany

Tue, 29/11/2011 – Michel Fanton

“Our Seeds” was shown at the film festival “Globale Mittelhessen” held in Giessen from 18th-27th November. Organiser, Monika Scarf reports:
“The reactions are all positive of course. In your film we especially liked the community between the people and their respect for nature. It leaves a feeling of harmony. And the awareness that we can change something, we just have to get started.
We combined “Our Seeds” with a film about alternative ways of living together in communities and small villages (“Ein neues Wir”), so I think the people left quite assured and with a confident feeling this evening.”


Former Interns Run Seed Exchanges in Japan

Sat, 27/11/2010 – Jude Fanton

Seed exchanges are taking off in Japan! We recently received news from Ai Kami, one of our former Japanese interns in Saitama. Ai trained with us for a few weeks at the Seed Centre, Byron Bay in 2003 and reports that she, her husband, Kami, and another former intern, Midori, have initiated local seed swaps in five areas of Japan.
Ai wrote on 29th October 2010:
‘We are trying to encourage small areas in Japan to make their own Local Seed Networks. So far we have had meetings in Ishikawa, Hiroshima (Midori organized this one) and Wakayama.
Kami and I are running one in Nagano next month and then in our local area, Saitama.’

IMAGE: Ai with another Japanese intern, Kaori, at the Seed Centre in 2003
IMAGE: Seed Savers organisers of Japan at a seed event in Chiba, October 2009: Kami at left, then Ai, Michel with their baby Hana, Jude, and three other former interns Masami Sakaban, Megumu Ogata and Mariko Hamiguchi at right.
We last saw Ai and Kami in Chiba Prefecture north of Tokyo in October 2009. They have worked for a small-scale seed company since 2003 and are adept at handling and selecting seeds.


Seed Savers Tour: North Portugal, Andalucia and Aragon, Spain

Thu, 17/11/2011 – Jude Fanton

Michel and Jude Fanton are on a speaking tour of Portugal from 4th to 13th November. They are attending and speaking the national seed savers’ gathering, showing their film, “Our Seeds”, giving workshops and teaching on an Introduction to Permaculture workshop. Please see the programme below.
The Seed Savers screening and courses continues.
Thursday 10: Leave for Coimbra in the north to one of the oldest botanic gardens in Europe, where a kitchen garden has been created recently.
15 – 17h workshop on seeds and seed saving.
17 – 19h workshop on seed savouring with Annelieke – a culinary workshop and afterwards participants will eat the results of their work in an informal dinner.
Friday 10, 20.30h: Screening of “Our Seeds” at a theatre near the Coimbra Botanical Garden – public session with a discussion afterwards, with panelists.
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13: In Coimbra, Introduction to Permaculture course created as a Seed Savers Tour fund raiser, with an emphasis on seed issues.
Michel and Jude relax in a fishing town on the coast north of Porto. They upload clips above and eat grill sardines.
Saturday 26th Nov – Screening of “Our Seeds” in Geres in northern Portugal
Sunday 27th Рparticipation at Geres Jornada de Agricultura BioLógica e Soberania Alimentar
Seed Savers Tour of Spain, December 2011
Friday 2nd Dec – visit and presentations at the Andalucia Red de Semillas “Resembrando e Intercambiando” (Seed Savers) in Seville, Andalucia, Spain.
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th – visit and presentations at the Andalucia Red de Semillas “Resembrando e Intercambiando” (Seed Savers) in Marbella, Andalucia.
Friday 9th Dec – visit and presentations at the Aragon Red de Semillas “Resembrando e Intercambiando” (Seed Savers) in Zaragoza, Aragon.
Beyond Portugal and Spain December to February 2012
We shall be in south-west France from mid-December until February 2012. Let us know if you have contacts in these, or nearby, countries.
… and more than 400 clips we have produced on and uploaded in the Youtube player north of here.


Screening Our Seeds in the UK

Wed, 10/11/2010 – Michel Fanton

The Schumacher College in Devon UK opened its heart and mind to welcome Seed Savers in November 2010.
We had the pleasure and the privilege to meet Stephan Harding at the helm and to get the feedback and questions from a wide bracket of students. Earlier in London we were led on a brisk walk through Clapham by Satish Kumar who also teaches at Schumacher, and is the Founding Editor of the excellent Resurgence magazine.
We have been invited to work with the students when we return to Europe in Spring 2011.

IMAGE: Having a cup of chai tea with Satish Kumar, who walked 10 000 km from India to Europe in 1967 and is a teacher at the College. Zephyr Fanton and Aurelie Maw entertained Satish and got a slice of his wisdom. Jude Fanton at right.
Worth googling Satish if you are curious.