It is of course relevant the world over which is why although we are acting local we are indeed thinking global,i attended a film screening of raising resistance about corporate land grabs in south america by companies like monsanto.They are then giving land over to mono crop production of GM soy and are still having to spray it.This is causing untold environmental and social damage.
This brings me on to the soverinty of seed and why it is so important that we own and collect our own seed,the other benifit being that seed collected in your locality is best suited to growing there! I am really pleased to be able to tell you our west midlands seed bank is now up and running for people to access.We are hoping to have a get together at veged out at the begining of November to launch it officially.We would also like to use the opportunity to get people together to discuss the Nettlefest event we are planning for next Spring.In addition to celebrating the wonderful plant that is the Nettle and explore its uses as a future resource we would also love the event to be used as a chance for local groups to network and exchange ideas-including how we can work together to support each other and create a proper local economy.
We have attended 3 local events recently to promote permaculture and to see what people thought of our products we have made from seasonal produce locally availible to us.Our Nettle plant tonic went down very well as did our Blackberry/Blackcurrent cold and flu tonic- of which due to popular demand i am currently making a new batch it also makes for a fantastic fruity salad dressing.Group member Annie also made a lovely light,moisturizing oil from our Rosehips which people loved.
I am hoping to create a page on the website to promote local people and their social enterprises with links,please get in touch if you would like to be included in this list i can add pictures of your products,contact details or what ever you like really.
We are also still looking for group members, please check out the website for the things we are upto and if we are on your wavelength please get in touch,we would love to meet you and help support people in creating a happier,healthier,fairer world.