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50 for 50 Day 35: Seed Savers Exchange

June 21, 2011

It’s my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 35. Just over two weeks more. Crazy how time flies when you are…well, time just flies.

The background of this wacky project: because I feel so blessed and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.

This one is kind of selfish. I love food and I love discovering interesting vegetables and fruits, and Seed Savers Exchange is an organization that helps preserve our genetic food heritage.

If we want those cool old “heirloom” varieties, someone has to preserve them. Seed Savers facilitates gardeners exchanging seeds, but also grows and propagates them at their farm.

Once a variety is lost, it is lost forever, so I think this is important work. Even food varieties that aren’t great for eating can contribute other valuable genes, like disease or pest resistance, to new varieties.

Raw Shelled Favas

Here’s what they say they are doing:

  1. June 21, 2011 07:27

    You know, I had no idea they were a non-profit. Huh.

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