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Groundswell Launches Spring Seed Campaign

To see things in the seed, that is genius.Lao Tzu

Seeds are the basis of everything: the food we eat, the beginnings of an idea, and the germination of a movement. 

Often we forget the power of something so small, but seeds are a critical part of the global food system, and the ability to reproduce seed is at the very core of food sovereignty. Groundswell International promotes seed sovereignty everywhere we work, and supports farmers’ organizations to establish community-managed seed banks. These seed banks are the foundation of diversified, secure, and vibrant local food systems.

This week marks the kick-off of Groundswell’s Spring Seed Campaign. This planting season, Groundswell will send out open-pollinated, GMO-free seed packets to 1,000 people across the United States. To make the most of this initiative, we need your help.

If you are not already on our mailing list, sign up and we will send you a packet of healthy seeds. You can also sign up friends and family who may be interested in receiving seeds and joining our movement.

As you plant your seeds and watch them grow, be sure to stay tuned to the Groundswell blog, Facebook, and Twitter. We will be sharing planting tips and recipes, more information about building healthy seed and food systems, and updates on the campaign.

Why Seeds?
Around the world, food and seed sovereignty are being threatened. In the United States, we are wrestling with food labeling laws, seed patents, and the rights of family farmers. In West Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, many family farmers have become reliant on products from agribusiness like seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides, and are no longer practicing traditional methods like seed-saving which is a pillar of sustainable agriculture. Soil and water have also become depleted, and communities are put at a higher risk for food insecurity.

So, how can you get more involved?

  • Tell five people this week about the significance of seeds. Talk to friends and family about the importance of healthy, local seed systems.
  • Become a Seed Champion. Are you interested in sharing healthy seeds with your network and growing the Groundswell movement? We welcome volunteers who are interested in posting about the campaign on their blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. If you are interested, please contact Cristina at chall@groundswellinternational.org.
  • Join our monthly giving program. Your monthly contribution helps plant the seeds of resilience and food sovereignty in rural communities around the world. Monthly donors will receive seed packets and a special update once per quarter.

Thank you for spreading healthy seed and growing the Groundswell movement!

For more information, visit the seed campaign page: www.groundswellinternational.org/seeds

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