28 Apr '16, 6pm

Heirloom Seed Library preserves Palestinian farming heritage

Heirloom Seed Library preserves Palestinian farming heritage

To Sansour, the project is about more than preserving the terroir of Palestinian plants. “I realized that what was also under threat was something deeper – the connection to a sense of cultural identity. The songs women would sing in the fields. Phrases, even the words we use. So it is about preserving the local biodiversity, but it is also about the importance to Palestinian culture of traditional agricultural methods.” A key component of the project is the training of teachers to educate their students about traditional agriculture. “I wasn’t even sure what an heirloom variety was,” says science teacher Inam Owianah. “And then I understood! It wasn’t just about the seeds, but about an intimate connection to our heritage.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/heirloom-seed-library-preserves-pale...

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