A farm in Massachusetts, US, has launched its own seed bank. Red Gate Farm Seed Bank aims to:
- provide community access to quality, local seeds.
- preserve local, heritage and heirloom seed varieties.
- promote seed saving.
- develop and distribute seeds that are optimum for our unique New England soils and climate.
- collect the social histories of our local seeds.
And very worthy that is too. You can do that sort of thing in nasty quasi-dictatorial America. In freedom-loving, liberal ol’ Yurp it would be illegal.
via Grist, which adds that â€œwith a climate on the fritz, indigenous seeds will likely play an increasingly important role in sustaining local agricultureâ€. Except, of course, that it won’t be indigenous seeds that will support local agriculture. It’ll be agricultural biodiversity from far away, adapted to a different climate.