ASCI Piemonte invites to A Babel of Seeds
the EXCHANGE fair of self-production of SEMI, scions, seedlings, bulbs, sourdough and knowledge
The eighth edition of a Seed Babel will be dedicated to the theme LOCAL SEEDS and LOCALISMS. The seed has always been linked to the land and the territory in which it grows and evolves. Equally, at least in the last twelve thousand years, also to the individuals who feed on it, cultivate it and carry it with them during their movements. Cultures, habits, traditions and communities have grown and shaped themselves around the fruit of the seeds, in a reciprocal and indissoluble bond. Kilometers zero, traditional products, markets of local products are the most recurrent words today that evoke that bond. But, together with the enhancement of local production and the territory, is there a risk of lending our support to the various localisms and identitarisms that the territory thinks of as made up of dividing walls and barriers? So what is the sense for the rural world of the effort to recover and encourage the adaptation of old varieties in the field? Can the answer be the absolute value that agricultural biodiversity has inherent in its evolution? We talk about it in the morning round table within the program of the Knowledge Workshops with the contribution of Stefano Capello, Paola Migliorini, Filippo Barbera, Luca Ferrero.
All within a day of celebration and exchange of seeds and self-produced knowledge. So that they may be the seeds of the future, to give tangible value to agricultural biodiversity in the field and to farming without poisons in our daily lives, for a concrete response, in our small way, A day free from money and rich in humanity. Below is a link to a short video of the last two editions.
In the eighth edition, always in the internal and external spaces of Cascina Roccafranca, we meet under the banner of agricultural biodiversity in a day of exchange of our own productions: seeds, grafts, seedlings, bulbs and sourdough. The exchange of what you bring (to have a table of 1 m) will take place in terms of reciprocity, in small quantities, thus making us committed to the reproduction, on site to promote the adaptability and knowledge of the characteristics, including through the information, filling in the form of the seed (link below, reproduce a few dozen each exhibitor), and the best ways of cultivation. As we have always stated, agricultural biodiversity is not only represented by the material from what is reproduced but also by the knowledge associated with it. The material exchanged is not subject to any kind of intellectual property as it is in the public domain. In other words, they will not deal with varieties registered in commercial catalogues and both their reproduction and their exchange in small quantities cannot be considered a commercial act but rather a universal right exercised by the communities.