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In 1981, the United States Seed Repository contained mearly 3 percent of seeds and food plants it had cataloged at the turn of the century. At that time, it was determined that most of the seeds held were in tomatoes. Seed diversity, which means our food diversity has further declined due to moves away from gardening and sustainable agricultural practices. Moving into the industrial age, people were incouraged to leave the land and trust that the government would hold precious our seed abundance. Many believed that seeds were a part of the national trust because most understood that communities (nations) that can feed themselves, can withstand many different types of hardships. Alas, decline has continued and if we are to stop our ancestral seeds flow toward extinction, then those who can grow or who can support those who are willing to be Preservasionist and Regenerative Gardeners are wanted to step forth NOW to sustain what remains of our seed heritage! Seeds historically gathered, saved and passed up from generation to generation, have been essential to the survival of global food systems.

In the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is not waiting for further crisis, but is a secure backup for crop diversity. See Seeds on Ice in Food News. For gardening resources, visit the Indiana Holistic Health's Gardening Resources page.

“Can we actually suppose that we are wasting, polluting, and making ugly this beautiful land for the sake of patriotism and the love of God? Perhaps some of us would like to think so, but in fact this destruction is taking place because we have allowed ourselves to believe, and to live, a mated pair of economic lies: that nothing has a value that is not assigned to it by the market; and that the economic life of our communities can safely be handed over to the great corporations. (from 'Compromise, Hell!' published in the November/December 2004 issue of ORION magazine)” -- Wendell Berry

CLICK for heirloom seed in Gardening Resources

Last year was Year of the Legume. These are a few names of legumes then available somewhere on the planet. FOOD NEWS has a few stories and connections to seeds and community seed banks.

By the way, legumes are among the easiest food seed to save! They self polinate, so the open polinated seeds you save will come true to the parent.

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Cherokee Trail of Tears, Marrow, Columbia Lizzard, Tepary, Dragon Tongue, Pigeon Pea, Hidatsa Red Indian, Cannellini, Black Valentine, Sunset Runner, Jacobs Cattle, Great Northern, Tendergreen, Lentils, Brown Eyed Pea, Fordhook Lima, Jade, Soybean. Good Mother, Black Garbanzo Beans, Black Calypso, Lupini, Creamy White-Eyed Pea, Chana Dal, Hutterite Soup, Jacob's Cattle Gold, Snowcap, Giant Kentucky Goose, Mennonite Purple Stripe, Pumpkin Bean, Granny's Shuck Bean, Greasy Fatback, Aunt Dora, South Carolina Red Stick, Missouri Wonder
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Since 2001 Local Food Bloomington has bee offering information on where we eat; community resources, regenerative gardening and food news that directly apply to the how, and the why of what we have available on our tables and how it connects each of us to our national and global food communities.
May you always have an abundance of nutritious, delicious foods with plenty to share!
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