Welcome to our first addition of our blog called Seed-Full Sundays.
I am so pleased to announce that we are now a “proper” non-profit charitable organization.
Our Canada Revenue Agency charitable number is 80157 2736 RR0001.
You may look us up at the Canada Revenue Agency www.cra.gc.ca/charities.
Our name is Socio-Economic And Environmental Development Solutions (SEEDS).
Ontario Corporation # 1907551, Federal Corporation # 855405-6
If you didn’t find this blog via the web site it is www.sendseedstoafrica.org so check it out!
I think that says it all! We send vegetable seeds to Zambia, Africa at present, but who knows where this could go? I am hoping we will be sending seeds to our Canadian Aboriginal peoples as well. In time!
I will probably be writing this blog the middle Sunday of every month. But I will have a few to catch up as the web site wasn’t launched until March, 2014. I am also taking 24 ls. of vegetable seeds to Zambia on March 29,2014 and will be building our tree nursery. I will be back on May 1st and will catch everyone up with future blogs on how it all went.
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This first volume will explain in a NUT shell what we are all about.
1. We save non GMO vegetable seeds from organic sources, separate them from their hosts, dry them and send them to Zambia Africa.
These are cantaloupe and pomegranate as well as a may more types of vegetable seeds, home packaged in milk bags, that are ready to be sent. The seeds in the store bought packages I get at the end of our growing season for 25 cents a package. They are seeds that I have not been able to collect myself from my garden. Carrots take two years to go to seed so hopefully I will have some in 2014.
2. We give 100 seeds to a villager with “How to Grow ” instructions and they have to bring back 25 seeds as interest like a bank. We call it The Silozi Seed Bank! They could be 25 seeds from what they have grown or fallen tree seeds from the ground.
This is me( Joanne) in Mongu, Western Province, Barotseland, Zambia writing my name with tree seeds in the sand in August 2012.
3. Then we will start a tree nursery, in April 2014, with those fallen tree seeds to reforest the community, schools & individual homes to provide shade, fuel for cook stoves and plant fruit trees for obvious reasons.
This is a photo of the fruit tree nursery at Ripple Africa.org in Malawi. Thank you Ripple Africa for all of the great work you do and all of the help you have given us.
4. We will also sell the trees we grow to plant in private and national parks in Zambia to feed elephants.
This is one of three Elephants who live at Chaminuka which is a beautiful private game park just outside of the capital city of Zambia, Lusaka.
An elephant will eat 250-650 lbs. of food in a day. Chaminuka has enough acerage to house 10 Elephants but only have three as they are expensive to feed. I hope to make that easier buy planting trees now to feed future generations of Elephants.
So I hope I have perked your interest!
I will be taking you on a journey to help preserve the biodiversity of seed in Canada & Zambia. Help feed people and elephants and help the environment by planting trees.
Have a look at our web site www.sendseedstoafrica.org and pass on the education.
The question answered in the next volume
How can land best be used to support all creatures and provide food for humans? Can enough food be grown for our population and still maintain natural areas for the other species and the support of the global environment? What is the balance?
Until next blog!
Hope you have a seed full Day!