World Seed Banks

We are looking forward to creating a data base of species for each climate of the planet and a Global network of Seed Sanctuaries throughout the World.

Many of us are already “living” the change, but most of us burn in eagerness to see a World that we envision splendidly fulfilling, divinely creative, truly healthy and full of Heart.

As conscious beings, we know that seeds are one of the most precious heritage that Nature is offering us. It enables us, humans and animals to create a forest, a oasis, a garden able to nourish our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. It is our gift, responsibility and honor to take care for them, to multiply them and share them.

For this purpose the Ecology & Regeneration Faculty of the New Earth Nation is providing assistance in creating seed banks wherever you are, connect with the seed banks already functioning in your surroundings, and inviting everyone to help newcomers to have access to the seeds adapted to the climate conditions in which they live.

The Road to Preservation

Preserving seeds has it’s own science and our most precious ally is observation. Some seeds are designed559427_10151786644971245_1884442748_n to stay long periods of time in the cold, some in the dry and some are simply not used to be preserved. Therefore we need to adapt our strategy depending on the climate we live in.

Climates

Cold climates: seeds stay dormant throughout the winter and are therefore designed to stay many months in a cold condition. We should do the same assuring first to dry them to avoid any mold to break down the germinating power of the seed.

In a dry climate, the seeds are able to survive a long period of time without any moisture. We should do the same by preserving them in a dry and cool condition.

The tropical humid climate is much more challenging as seeds in general are not designed to be stored for a long period of time, therefore the best way to have the species preserved is to have them….. growing!!!… in that case our seed bank would be an alive one, especially for trees. The best way to send seeds of that climate would be to harvest them and send them immediately through the post (express in some cases may help) or the with the help of someone traveling personally in that direction.

Precautions

Nature has many organisms fulfilling different functions and many are there to recycle recent dead material into new fertilizer and we want to avoid them in our seeds so they may stay alive for longer. For this reason it is important to clean the seed through soaking in water (to separate any aerobic bacteria from the seed) and drying (to separate any anaerobic bacteria from the seed). Small plastic zip bags are the best for preserving seeds if they are really dry (sometimes hard in the wet tropics). Otherwise paper bags can be a help for shorter period of time.

It is important to always write the day of harvesting the seed on the bag, so we are able to estimate for how long they may be able to germinate.

As many of us know, seeds were kept alive within the Egyptian pyramids for millennia…so we may like to experiment in our little scale for our seed storage sanctuary!!!

Database

Please contact our Team and we would love to grow our network and build alliances in honour of the sacredness of Seeds and Help us in the Fight for Seed Sovereignty!

Originally posted @ New Earth Institute

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