Paul Barker of GrowHow has been spearheading a new food community in Cape Town that has been featured regularly at markets and events around Cape Town. The Mother City Seed library is a collection of open-pollinated and heirloom herb, flower, fruit and vegetable seeds that can be borrowed for growing at home as well as accepting seed donations which raises awareness for seed preservation and knowledge.
He is encouraging the saving, sharing and swapping of seeds to ensure that as wide a variety of seed be kept in circulation including heirloom, ‘organic’, traditional, local and that seed is able to remain in the hands of the growers.
The next opportunity to experience Mother City Seed is at the Autumn seed swap and seed education day on the 24th of March 2018 in Cape Town. Bring some of your own seeds to swap, share your knowledge of seed saving and learn from the greater seed saving community.
The aim of this event is to see more of us sharing with more people how to grow, harvest, store and save seed while discussing the importance of preserving crop diversity in one’s own backyard.
Visit the Mother City Seed on Facebook for upcoming events and markets where you can experience the Mother City Seed library and meet other growers.