Seeds are a connection between the past and the future. When you save seed from one crop, you anticipate planting, growing and harvesting more food in the future. But seeds can be more — they can connect us to our heritage.
Written by Jennifer Shelby
My daughter is a three year veteran of sugaring. She’s four years old now and knows her role well. She squirms as I strap on her snowshoes and with a squeal of excitement she races to the sugar maple closest to our house.
She carefully lifts the lid of the sap bucket and peers inside. “Mummy! The tree gave us LOTS of sap!” She jumps up and down with delight, sending the lid crashing back down and spilling a bit of precious sap. She pretends not to notice. I say nothing.
She watches, holding her breath, as I empty the bucket into my portable pail. “Don’t spill it, Mummy! Be careful!”
I return the sap bucket to the hook beneath the spile. After a moment there is a steady ping of droplets crashing to the bottom of the empty tin bucket. She grins. “It’s giving us more! It’s so good at sharing! Thank you, tree!” She throws her arms around the aged maple and gives it a hug.
Seeds and stories are passed down between generations. Traditionally, gardeners saved much of their own seed and shared it with friends, families and neighbours. The names of some varieties reflect the story behind the seed. For example, Wild Goose beans were found in the gullet of a goose. Mortgage Lifter tomatoes sold so well they allowed the farmer who developed them to pay off his mortgage. What about the stories from our region?
Atlantic Seed Stories is an inter-generational project that connects people to their past, children to their elders, and a community to their food supply. We would like to collect stories about heirloom seeds, grow out these seeds at community gardens, and then share the seeds.
If you have seeds or stories to share, or suggestions of people I should contact, please email Janet Wallace at email@example.com
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