Seeds in the Movies

Three new movies are coming out, starring Seeds.unnamed-5 The movie “Seeds of Time” has just been released to a few theaters and is now available to purchase or to arrange for showings. This is an important documentary about the activist Cary Fowler, who sets out to build the first Global Seed Bank, in what is called an “epic struggle for the future of our food.” In order to prevent the permanent loss of plant species, seeds from all over the world are stored in a vault in Svalbard, Norway, where optimal temperatures for long-term storage are maintained. This is the largest and most comprehensive seed bank to date and the film chronicles its story--and makes clear the vital importance of this effort. At you can see a trailer and learn how to become involved in the work.unnamed-7


The makers of the award-winning documentaries “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” and “Queen of the Sun: What the Bees are Telling Us” are working on “Seed, the Untold Story,” about the global threat to seed diversity and the important work that visionary individuals like Vandana Shiva are doing to save seeds and indigenous agriculture. You can see a trailer of the film on their Facebook page


And on a local level—a great place for any of us to start, film-makers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth of film-truth, have created a documentary on one small town’s establishment of a seed library. The film unnamed-7explains the need for local seed libraries and demonstrates the steps the community took to make the idea a reality.   These libraries are not only a source of free seeds to would-be growers, and ways to practice generosity and sharing, but also serve to preserve old varieties and their stories. When gardeners donate seeds they have grown, they include the story of where the seed came from and how it came to them. The process also encourages seed diversity and health. Over time, the seeds that are saved and regrown in a particular region will be the ones that thriving, the ones that are best suited to that region’s micro-environment. For information on how to view this film contact Liz Witham,

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