Francisco with slow to bolt cilantro
In November until January the students are on holidays, so nobody here to nibble around the garden, but all our veggie beds are full of vegetables.
Do you know why we’ve been planting so many to harvest in this period?
Because our goal with these veggies, will be to save seeds !
By saving seeds we aims to be more self-sufficient, and also to work with nature by selecting the seeds that could work best in our environment.
Vandana Shiva, philosopher and physicist, explains “[saving seeds] is a convergence of human intelligence and nature’s intelligence.” Humans have been selecting seeds for thousands of years, to choose that would fit best and their needs (productivity, taste, appearance, etc.) and their environment (cliimate, soil, tolerance to pest, disease, drought, floods, etc.). To make it short and a tiny philosophical: “The seed in its essence is all of the past evolution of the Earth, the evolution of human history, and the potential for future evolution. The seed is the embodiment of culture because culture shaped the seed with careful selection—women picked the best, diversified. So from one grass you get 200,000 rices.” (Vandana Shiva).
This is why we are basically waiting for all these perfectly beautiful and ready vegetables, to grow too big, loose their potential taste, make flowers, then produce seeds that we will harvest, dry and keep in our seed bank.
One seed we are very excited about is a slow to bolt cilantro seed. Cilantro is a difficult plant to harvest as it often goes to seed before you can eat it. We are trying this slow to bolt cilantro seed in the Guatemalan highlands to see if it will grow well here. It has been amazing. The cilantro plants have not bolted for several weeks and are so tall. Ironically, we are now waiting for it to go to seed. We are planning on using this plant and it seeds to help generate a cash crop to keep this project sustainable.
January is here and the students are back to helping, tasting and learning in the garden.
These radish seeds are not quite ready to harvest
A mom adding plants to our worm home
Trying spicy nasturtium flowers
So many seeds from the mustard family
In a few weeks we can collect these bean seeds