Reclaim the Seeds 2017: Spread the seed!
On 4 March Seed Fair in De Vasim in Nijmegen.
On 5 March practical jobs in a new ecological quarter in Lent (Nijmegen-Noord).
We did it again! We have a location for a next Reclaim the Seeds.
The annual seed fair will be held in De Vasim in Nijmegen on Saturday March 4th. De Vasim is an old spinning mill on the Waal river that now functions as a cultural breeding hub. Come join us in exchanging a wide variety of seeds and cutting as well as ideas, information, and useful skills. We welcome you to bring any seeds or cuttings to exchange along with the myriad of old, local, non-hybrid, and special seeds, bulbs, and cuttings.
During the market there will be talks and workshops about saving seeds, permaculture, seed networks, edible peenial plants, the impact of Bayer/Monsanto and other large seed companies, and other subjects. The overarching theme of the day will be regarding the issues of seed patenting.
The next day, Sunday March 5th, everybody is invited to lend a hand at starting an edible garden in Lent. In this northern part of Nijmegen two ecological communities IEWAN and Eikpunt have recently been completed and now the inhabitants are going to transform most of the public green area to become edible. There will also be some excursions to biodiverse projects in the surroundings.
Reclaim the Seeds is an annual event, each year in a different part of the Netherlands, where exchanging seeds and information is combined with discussions about political themes and practical workshops. It started as a protest against new European seed laws, but now the main goal is to involve more people in the struggle against patents in plants and against the ever increasing power of large agricultural corporations. With the event we contribute to the upkeep of agricultural biodiversity and a robust, sustainable agriculture.
The overarching theme of the day will be regarding the issues of seed patenting.
The past 5 editions were a success; many interested people joined in and the workshops and discussions were well attended. Let us reclaim the seeds!
Seed fair on March 4th:
Times: start at 10.30, finish at 16.30
Location: De Vasim, Winselingseweg 41, Nijmegen. (That's half an hour's walk from Nijmegen station or 4 stops on the bus 5.
Biking or walking route
Parking is free, (please enter the parking space from Latensteinweg).
Price: by donation. Take change with you, you cannot pay with a debit card!
Lend a hand and excursions on the bike: Sunday March 5th
Times: from 10.30 hrs to 16.30 hrs
Location: Duitslandstraat 4, Lent (that's a 20 minutes walk from Lent Station).
Biking or walking route
Price: by donation (and preferably a tasty organic, vegetarian contribution to the communal lunch.)
More news about the theme of this edition, the programme, the organisers and details about whereabouts, times and other practical info soon on this website, on the facebook page of Reclaim the Seeds and on the Facebook event page.