All seed-saving at Bealtaine Cottage helps to preserve heirloom seeds’ genetic diversity!
This is Bealtaine Cottage Lunaria.
This seed has adapted over twelve years to grow in difficult conditions, for as you know, it rains frequently here and the gardens are all on a north-facing slope.
This is why the seed saved here, year after year, is more resilient than commercial seed, which is grown in ideal conditions for the maximum production value!
Saving seed also makes one value the pollinators, especially the Bees…for without their incredible work there would not be any seed to collect!
During the 1900’s we experienced a startling drop in the number of heirloom varieties—because gardeners stopped saving and trading their own seeds.
Here at Bealtaine Cottage I have developed a seed bank over twelve years, adding more and more seed year on year, as the biodiversity increased similarly throughout the gardens.
When we rely on commercial seed companies, any seeds that sell slowly simply get dropped from production and disappear.
If you would like to support this vital work of seed-saving and building resilience for the future, consider purchasing some seed from Bealtaine Cottage…
Click on the link below to see what’s available so far… (I’m adding continually as more becomes ready to pack!)
The Homefront and Using Your Loaf!
BY BEALTAINE COTTAGE
JANUARY 30, 2016
…The Women’s Land Army provided much of the labour force required.
It was simply amazing just how short a time it took for the UK to become relatively self-sufficient in good, wholesome food!
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The merging of State and Corporate powers has produced nations of people who are driven by fear and greed. Fear as created by the Media and Governments, turned into loathing for other cultures…a good smokescreen that keeps people occupied! Greed for all the Corporate rubbish pushed at us through the Media.
Between the screens of fear, governments are encouraging people to eat horrendous, factory food that makes them ill and drains their energy. Once people buy into this they are then herded towards doctors and endless drugs to treate the effects of such appalling diets…they are then captives of the system that has abused them!
For the past seven years I have practiced Permaculture. Growing food, planting trees, harvesting energy, working towards self-sufficiency…and what an eye-opening experience it has all been.
Permaculture is a way out of the mess that so many people are now waking up to.
This past week has seen more visitors to Bealtaine Smallholding. All are welcome to come and look at a better way of living. Everyone who makes the journey, after several hours spent looking around, articulates the effect they have felt here…inspired to become more self-sufficient…and so many individual journeys begin, towards a better life, a lighter life with Gaia.