According to “Mr. Cog” of the Mid-Region Council of Governments of New Mexico, our “genetic crop diversity has declined from 7,000 to 150 plant species.”
He continues, stating that “this loss means that our food supply is reliant on a small selection of crops, making it more vulnerable to pests, diseases, and changes in climate.”
Cog interviewed Sol Feliz who has an experimental seed saving farm in Taos. He asked Feliz, “How does seed saving relate to food security?”
Feliz: Seed saving is central to the ideals of sustainability and food security, especially in times of concern about climate change and food safety. Only open pollinated, heirloom seeds (landraces) have the ability to adapt to changing climate conditions in the time frame that they happen.
We are likely to see climate changes that manifest as dry spells and drought; late and early frosts; hail storms and floods; insect and other attacks on crops; etcetera. The variability inherent in landraces will provide the basis for the continued selection of crops that are most able to adapt to these changes. (MrCog-NM.gov)
Kevin Willis of Bite-Size Gardens is leading a free introductory workshop about saving seeds on Saturday, January 11th. All materials will be provided and guests will be saving seeds from squash, peas, peppers, and tomatoes.
Saving Seeds: Learn How to Collect & Save Them
Saturday, Jan. 11th, 2 p.m.
Hill Avenue Branch Library
55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena 91106
For more info, visit CityofPasadena.net or call 626.744.7264