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there is food shortages, learn how Saving seeds - vegetable gardening
With ride 100-year-old Grand a Purdy showed me the tomato plants he had raised to setting-out size in his greenhouse. Grown in 3-inch peat pots, they were deep green and squat, with stems as thick as your little finger. He had high hopes for them, he said, even if they were hybrids. "But if they don't do what I expect of them, I'll try something different next season." They didn't and he did. His remark reflected more than his confidence that he had additional gardening seasons ahead. He experimented each year to prove that those highly touted hybrids couldn't match, in taste or any other way, "his" tomatoes, raised from seeds he saved, ear after year. Saving seeds was a habit, he explained. The habit, and the seeds, had been passed down from generation to generation, from the days when Purdys first tilled the Battenkill River valley soil. Back then, Redcoats ranked high on Vermonters' pest lists. Seed from crops grown on the land, he believed, had time to get adjusted. They became familiar with the soil and the weather. Result: the plants were healthier and the vegetables tasted better. Also, you could depend on them, he said. That meant a lot when a cellar had to be filled with home-canned fruits and vegetables and bins of potatoes, apples and root crops in the fall, or it was going to be lean eating by late March. Try saving seeds and you'll agree with Grandpa Purdy. One reason for your success will be you. You'll raise them with pride, so you'll give your seed plants the favored spot in the garden, water and weed them fastidiously, defend them from pests, then save seeds from only the best plants. Before you begin, a few basics: Don't raise hybrids for seeds. Select open-pollinated varieties with the characteristics you want, such as early-maturing tomatoes, late-bolting lettuce or oh-so-tasty melons. Store only very dry seeds. Don't use heat in drying them. Keep them in airtight containers, such as glass jars, and in a cool, dry place. Heat and moisture shorten the viability of seeds. Label the containers; it's easy to forget which variety you finally decided to save. Begin your adventures in saving seeds with something simple, like the vegetables described in this article. Beans and peas are very simple. They're self-pollinating (each flower pollinates itself), so you don't have to worry about unexpected crosses. It is easy to save seeds by gathering peas or beans that have passed their prime. That's the easy way -but not the best.
Instead, plant a crop strictly for seeds. Put a ribbon around it as a reminder. Then do everything you can to grow prize plants. Rogue out any weak ones. Your goal is quality, not quantity. Finally, so that the beans or peas will have time to mature into the highest quality seeds, wait until the bean pods are brown and the peas are rattling dry in their pods. Then pull up the plants and spread them out under cover to dry further. Shell the peas and beans by hand if you have less than a bushel. Thresh them out if you have more. Spread them on a blanket or canvas and beat them with a flail made of two sticks tied together. It's difficult to dry beans and peas completely. However, if stored in paper bags rather than airtight containers, and kept in a cool, dry place, they will continue to dry. Ready for something a bit more difficult? Tomatoes. They, too are self-pollinating so don't worry about undesirable crosses. Select your best tomatoes when they are fully ripe, but not rotting. Scoop out pulp and seeds, and place them and a small amount of water in a glass jar. Keep the mixture in a cool (about 70 degrees) room, stirring it two or three times daily. The resulting fermentation will remove the soft coating from the seeds, and the seeds worth saving will sink to the bottom. After three or four days, add more water and pour off the pulp and water. Rinse the seeds several more times until they are clean, then spread them on paper towels. They'll dry in one or two days. Eggplant. Remove the seed portion from the eggplant, then wash it in a basin of water, working it with your fingers. The seeds will separate out and settle at the bottom. Dry them. Peppers. They're the easiest vegetable of all. Take seeds from well-ripened peppers, remove any unwanted material, then dry the seeds. Lettuce. This one is a bit more difficult. Crisphead varieties are slow to produce seeds, so in the North you will raise a seed crop over two years. Plant the seeds late, in well-drained soil, so you will have 2inch plants when the first heavy frost hits. Mulch them with straw or leaves. Uncover them in the spring and thin them to one foot apart. When they reach full growth, pull the leaves away from the top of each plant, so seed stalks can grow. In areas where winter frosts are light, plant seeds in the fall and raise seed plants without interruption. For other lettuce varieties, plant early. Start plants indoors or in a cold frame for an early start. Transplant them a foot apart in the garden. Seeds from all lettuce varieties are produced (not all at the same time) after flowers have a feathery look. Daily shake the seeds from the stalk into a large paper bag. Dry the seeds. Corn. Remember, don't try to save the seed of hybrids. Wind carries corn pollen from male bloom (tassel) to female bloom (silks), so a seed corn crop must be separated from other varieties. Professionals prefer them to be a mile apart; home gardeners should aim for at least 250 feet. You can grow two varieties without trouble by planting at different times. Plant so the pollen of others is not being spread when the silk of ears to be saved is developing. Pick the ears when the husks are turning brown, strip back the husks, then braid several together and hang them up to dry. Dry kernels twist off easily. Cucumbers. Cucumbers, melons and squash are all members of the gourd family. No two of them will cross (squacumbers are impossible), but varieties of each will. All are pollinated by bees, so a quarter-mile separation of varieties is recommended. Home gardeners
can cut this distance to 500 feet. Remember that crosses do not change the current year's crop, only the seeds and thus the next generation of that variety. When cucumbers change color, their seeds may be saved. Split the cucumber lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and the material surrounding them and follow the instructions for tomatoes. Melons. Melon seeds may be saved when melons are ripe enough to eat. Use the instructions for tomatoes. Squash and pumpkins. Preventing crosses among squash and pumpkins can become complicated. The reason: there are four commonly grown species, and crosses can occur among the varieties within each species -- sometimes even between two species. A practical rule for the home gardener: When saving seeds, plant no more than one variety of each species. Don't worry about crosses between species. To use this rule, you must know the varieties within each species. They are: Cucurbita maxima: Long vines and huge leaves. Varieties include |Buttercup,' |Hubbard,' |Delicious' and |Hokkaido.' C. moschata: Large leaves and spreading vines. |Butternut' and |Kentucky Field' are common examples. C. pepo: Both bush and long-vined. All the summer squash, including zucchini and vegetable spaghetti, all acorn types and pumpkins. C. mixta: Large leaves and spreading vines. Includes all the cushaw squashes. For seeds, let summer squash grow to maturity. (That means huge zucchini.) Harvest summer and winter squash at about the time of the first frost. There's no reason to rush removing the seeds, since the squash will keep for many months. When you do it, follow the instructions for eggplant. After drying, keep the seeds in a jar. They're hard to dry, so check them after two weeks for any sign of moisture. If there is, take them out for further drying. Source
Roger M. Griffith "Saving seeds - vegetable gardening". Flower & Garden Magazine. FindArticles.com. 13 Jan, 2010. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1082/is_n5_v37/ai_14651253/
Starting Seeds Indoors: Jump-Start Your Garden Today
by J.D This is a guest post from my wife, who has received several requests to describe her method for starting seeds indoors. In some parts of the U.S., vegetable and flower seeds can be successfully planted directly into the garden. But in many areas, the growing season is too short to allow this. Cool spring soil temperatures and cold weather can prevent seeds from germinating or kill young seedlings. If you wait until the weather warms, the plants get off to a late start only to be zapped by fall’s first frost; they don’t get a chance to bear a full crop or to put on a full floral display. There are three solutions for home gardeners:
Buy all of your vegetables and flowers as plant starts, once the weather warms.
Extend the growing season outside with coldframes and rowcovers. Start your own seeds inside while the wintry weather lingers.
The first choice is best for beginning gardeners who are working on a small scale. The second option is nice for committed gardeners who want to test the limits. Starting from seed, however, is easy, is cheaper per plant and allows a greater variety of choice among both ornamentals and crops than buying nursery plants. I’m eager each (early) Spring to get my seeds going. On March 1st, I began seven types of flowers and my basil seeds. (As of March 5th, the basil has sprouted, as have a couple of the flowers.) In two weeks, I’ll start tomatoes and a few others, and the squash, cucumbers and more flowers will follow. How do I do it, and how do I know when to start? Here are my tips: When should I start my seeds? In order to decide when to sow your seeds, you need to find the average last frost date for your region. In Oregon’s wet and unpredictable Willamette Valley, published last frost dates range from March 23 to May 14. Based on my own experience, I pick the latter end of this range and count backwards from May 1st.
Click for full version of our 2009 seed-starting agenda. I start my tomato plants six or seven weeks before this date. Slow-to-germinate flowers get an eightweek head start. Squashes and cucumbers don’t transplant especially well, but I germinate them inside to protect them from marauding slugs. I move them outside two weeks later before they’ve developed much of a root system. What should I plant indoors? To determine what to plant indoors, read your seed packets. Many will list instructions for both inside and outdoor seed sowing. Knowing which to do will depend on your climate. With flowers, I often do both. I’ll start a limited number indoors for “insurance” and then sow the remainder of the packet directly in the garden once true Spring arrives. Some crops should not be started indoors because they don’t transplant well or because they need an impractical amount of room. I would not recommend starting the following inside:
Root, tuber or bulb crops (beets, radishes, turnips, onions, potatoes, carrots, etc.) Leafy greens (lettuces, spinach, cabbage, chards)
These cool season plants can withstand planting directly outside even before the weather fully warms. Likewise, things you are going to plant in large numbers should wait until they can be sown into the garden soil. The following are usually grown in sizable quantities:
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Corn Peas Beans
If you are worried about your short growing season for crops like corn, look for varieties that have a short days-to-maturity period.
Tomatoes and peppers, broccoli, eggplants, cauliflower, melons and squashes can all be started successfully indoors. Herbs and flowers, too, benefit from the controlled environment of indoor seed starting. Let’s get started! How do I start plants from seed? The two most important factors for seed germination are temperature and humidity. The seed contains all the nutrients the plant needs to germinate, so it doesn’t need fertilizer or fertile soil. Note: Fertilizer may actually prevent some seeds from sprouting. Generally, I avoid fertilizing until plants have grown their first set of “true leaves”, which look different than the first pair that emerges. To start my seeds, I used the bio-dome from Park Seeds, a device that looks like a plastic greenhouse dome with a styrofoam tray. The tray holds little soil-less planting plugs called bio-sponges. Each plug has a hole in it for the seeds. I don’t normally advocate one product over another, but I really like these.
Seeds sprout best in a light soil; don’t use potting soil or garden dirt at this first stage! You can buy seed starting mix or make your own from peat moss, sand, and compost. Note: Take care if using vermiculite; it can be a respiratory hazard. I prefer the little soil-less planting plugs because they’re mess free and they pop out easily for transplanting, doing minimal damage to the roots, but other methods work fine too. Any device that keeps the environment moist and fairly warm will work. You can cover trays of soil with saran wrap or a dry-cleaning bag — poke plastic forks into the soil to hold the plastic layer up off the growing sprouts. Commercial peat pots, yogurt cups or milk cartons (poke drainage holes in the bottoms) or pots made from newspapers (avoid colored ink) all work fine, too. Set your pots in a tray, tub or rimmed cookie sheet so you can water from the bottom, letting the moisture soak up through the soil. This helps keep the moisture level constant and prevents dislodging seeds with a fountain of water. Do not let the soil dry out! Little tiny seedling rootlets need constant moisture.
Seeds vary widely in size. I like to use tweezers to place them exactly where I want them. In general, seeds should be planted approximately four times deeper than their diameter. Some seeds need light to germinate and should be scattered just on the surface of the soil. Again, read those packets! I usually put two seeds into each hole. I use three if I think the germination rate will be low. You can test your germination rate by placing ten seeds between layers of moist paper towels in putting them in a ziploc bag in a warm place. This is a good idea if you have saved the seeds yourself or they are several years old. Do this 2-3 weeks before you want to actually start your seeds.
As you’re planting, take good notes! Make a planting diagram and jot down how many days it takes each type of seed to germinate. Some germination times are given as huge ranges (5-20 days). The happier the seed is (warm and wet), the speedier germination may be.
If you are using individual pots, mark them with labels or masking tape, unless you know for sure that you will recognize what the leaves of your young plants will look like. There’s nothing worse than getting your plants mixed up. This is especially important if you are starting different varieties of the same crop! Free plant stakes can be made simply by cutting up a plastic yogurt tub. Store your leftover seeds in a ziploc bag or glass jar in the refrigerator. Now that the seeds are snug in their beds, cover them to retain moisture and put them in a warm place. A temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) is ideal, but in March our house is nowhere near 70 degrees! I like to set my mini-greenhouse on a heating pad (a wet/dry safe heating pad set on low) to maintain a more constant temperature, since our thermostat drops to 54 degrees (12 Celsius) at night. Some people recommend putting the seed tray on top of the refrigerator. If your house is more temperate, the heat source is unnecessary. I have often started seeds without a heat source, but peppers and eggplants seem especially fussy about the temperature. What happens after the seeds sprout? Once the seeds have germinated (keep them moist!), they’ll need light, nutrients and air. Give them some ventilation and move them to a very sunny window, supplemented with artificial light. There is no need to buy an expensive grow light or full spectrum light. For these purposes, a basic 48″ fluorescent shop light is all you need. Tip: The type I own has two tubular bulbs per light; they’re available at home improvement stores for less than $20. The critical thing is to hang them in such a way that they can be raised as the plants grow; I use a link-type chain that can be doubled-up on itself to different lengths. As your plants grow, keep the light about 6″ from their tops. If the light is too far away, the plants will grow spindly as they stretch for it. This can be rather tricky if you are starting different types of seeds at the same time, because they will grow at varied rates. You can lift the shorter ones with shoeboxes or phonebooks to alleviate this difficulty. Once all the seeds in your tray have germinated, remove the cover completely. Too much humidity at this stage can encourage mildew and harm the seedlings. As you water, fertilize with a weak solution of water-soluble all-purpose fertilizer. I make mine about
one-quarter the strength called for. Watch out for crystallized salts forming on your soil surface — that’s a sign you’re over-fertilizing and need to cut back. Turn the lights off for your plants at night (they need a dark cycle to grow properly) but leave the heat on (temperature fluctuations can stunt them). What about transplanting? When the seedlings first sprout, they will usually have a pair of first leaves that look nothing like the true leaves that come later. (Many crops are dicots, but not all.) Watch closely, and soon after they have two sets of true leaves, it’s time to move the teenage seedlings into their first real apartment. Water your seedlings thoroughly an hour or two ahead of time, and then, working carefully and quickly, remove each seedling into its own pot. At this point I generally use an all-purpose potting soil. Scooping them up from below, try your best to get all their little roots, and handle their tops as little as possible, and always by the leaves, rather than the stem. A damaged leaf can be replaced; a damaged stem often dooms a plant at this stage.
Depending on how long your plants will be living inside, you may perform only one transplant, or you may need two. For my tomatoes, I’ll move them into 4-inch plastic nursery pots first, then into gallonsized pots before they go outside. Everything else gets one transplant, then into the garden. Once your seedlings are thriving, it’s tempting to treat them a bit too carelessly. Being started inside in a safe environment, they can’t stand the shock of an immediate change in their conditions. Basically, they are weak, coddled little things. Expose them gradually to the out-of-doors by setting them outside on nice days for a few hours, being sure to bring them inside at night and making sure they don’t get sunburned or blown over. Some gardeners like to have a fan blow on their indoor starts, saying it strengthens the stems to withstand windy outdoor conditions. I can’t vouch for that, but I do think it helps prevent mildew. Happy planting Wow, that seems like a lot of work when I write it all out. But it’s not really! Watching my garden plants grow from tiny seeds is a thrill every year. I love trying new things each spring and learning from my successes and failures. I hope these tips get you well on your way to learning what works best for you. Happy gardening! Source
Seeds:More Precious Than Gold or Oil
By relentless You can’t eat gold or oil. Well, i suppose you can. At least in trace amounts gold appears to be an essential element and won’t harm you in minute quantities. As for oil it’s used in so many insidious ways, even as food, vitamins and drugs after being rearranged molecularly—synthetically, i suppose you could claim you can (and some do) eat it in a million processed ways. But, obviously, neither will keep you alive and thriving as seeds will. Seeds are something else. Something rare, unique, wondrous and beautiful. Something spectacularly alive, awaiting renewal, a life force of unequaled value. Something magical. Something mysterious. Something beyond human analytical understanding or reductionist scientific thinking or ignorant tinkering. One-eyed observations don’t cut it. Seeds keep all life going and prospering. Seeds continue the evolution of life. Seeds are surely the Universe’s gift to the Earth, Starmatter enclosed in highly concentrated form, lying dormant, waiting patiently for the specific conditions, the specific code, that Nature has deposited within them for their glorious return to transformation into plant and food. Seeds are critical, period. Look around. Most anywhere will suffice. Things are not going well for the planet. Earth is being assaulted and duly tested every moment by one of its own. That would be we human beings being very unearth-like, behaving like some alien invaders from another planet, or spoiled brats, destroying our only habitat, what i often refer to as The Most Beautiful Planet In the Universe. What is going down is beyond sad, sad beyond measure. It’s enough to make one cry. And i do. i cry very often as of late. You know why don’t you? i suspect you cry too. Something is deeply amiss in the human psyche, seemingly at least for the majority, so disconnected and detached as they are from reality. A majority that continues onward decimating, via greed, mindwashing, miseducation, rape and plunder, this most amazing and sensual of planets. i cry also because i can hear the Earth crying, asking how could one of its own be so cruel and devastating. We must cry more often, not less. Cry for the life being hampered and extinguished by ALL OF US. We can all do better, far better for the Earth, and we all know it. Well, many of us anyway who care. But let’s not go there for now. For those of us who care beyond caring can change things for the better. So, let’s cry our hearts out quickly…and then act. Don’t fall for hope to save us, for hope is a tactic used by the controllers to lead us astray, to give you bones with no nutritive value, for hope derails action.
© 2008 relentless
If you haven’t figured it out by now, i am in awe of seeds, passionate being a generous understatement. i know i was not put on this beautiful blue sphere to inactivate it. i am merely a member of the entire diversity of wondrous life, of thankful and indebted beings, at most a caretaker, though i often cringe at such a pompous and egotistical attitude—as if i am outside it all and somewhat in charge—which i’m not. Maybe i should trust a more modest term, say subconscious caretaker, attempting to interfere with life as minimally as possible while still adding life-advancing value to the planet. Maybe what i do could be called a nurturer. Unfortunately, due to the dire circumstances we now find ourselves
embedded within, i must also resort to acquiring for the time being that of an adjunct protector and defender of Big Blue. Perhaps the quote of mine from the new Fedco Seed Catalog summarizes and galvanizes this struggling personal conundrum better: “Plants make love with one another…the plant breeder may assist by offering them ‘options’—diversity of lovers so to speak—that they may never have come in contact with otherwise. Then it’s each plant’s ‘choice’ to accept or reject one another. Plant breeders (and other pollinators) are, in essence, a botanical escort service.” We are in no way the planet’s masters. We must be far more reserved, reticent and humble, more akin to the physicians’ sacred Hippocratic Oath to “First do no harm.” At most are we not here as humans to quietly and unobtrusively simply assist life’s struggles, not unravel them, mostly just letting life be and do its thing whenever and wherever possible? Biotechnologists please take note. Seeds. This is where life begins, and miraculously recyles itself, where the sublime mysteries emanate and unfold from. As gardeners, farmers, agrarians, farmer pirates or whatever we choose to call ourselves, we must have that Thoreauvian faith in a seed. Sow them and they will germinate and grow. The miracle of miracles if there ever was. Sacred. Yes. Seeds are sacrosanct. Sacred, divine miracles. If i were ever to worship anything it would surely be seeds. As a classical plant breeder and seed saver in the lineage of Luther Burbank, Alan Kapuler, Frank Morton, et al and those great yet forever unknown plant breeders who came before (re: non-violent, never doing any conscious harm), i’ve come to cherish, obey and defend the rights of seeds to be seeds without tampering with their God-given genetic right to not be trespassed upon by transferring, no, let’s call it what it really is: without resorting to violence and rape. Trespassing without permission. Trans-species genetic rape, pure and simple. You know, genetically-engineered seeds. Altering life via violence, via taking one species and forcing some of its genetic material into another species, blasting away, with something akin to a crude shotgun (the biotechers call it splicing as if it’s some finely-tuned surgical operation, which it isn’t at all), a fish gene into a tomato gene or a bacterium into a corn’s genetic code and thinking it will only do what the biotechnologist amateurs said it would do, re: hoped it would ONLY DO. Realize that Nature doesn’t do this, doesn’t work this way, doesn’t cross divergent species barriers, simply doesn’t function in such an anti-life way because Nature is far wiser than any hubristic human or delusional corporation composed of delusional individuals. The biotechnologists have lied to us. That or they were so hell-bent on playing God with the delusional dream of controlling life itself that they lost their very mandatory connectivity to this beautiful planet, lost their way, forfeited their humanness. Or maybe all the above or maybe they simply are mad and insane. You decide. Here’s the straight scoop. No one, may i repeat that? No one knows what forcefully transferring alien genes from one genera to another will really do once they are unleashed onto the Earth. No one. What is known, and has been known before the hubristic ones started experimenting utilizing the Frankenstein approach to science, is that 1) gene transfer via this violent method in no way guarantees what the biotechers had desired and claimed it would accomplish and 2) that genes express themselves in more than one way, not necessarily in a singular way as the spinmeisters at Biotech Central would curiously and sinfully claim they would and remain containable and controllable. As reported July 1, 2007 in the NY Times: “Evidence of a networked genome [re: genes expressing themselves in multiple ways other than the anticipated ways—it’s called pleiotrophy] shatters the scientific basis for virtually every official risk assessment of today’s commercial biotech products, from genetically engineered crops to pharmaceuticals.” There you have it. The gods of biotech screwed up big time and knowingly or maybe, a big maybe, unknowingly and now, and now, all life will be experiencing their conceit, hubris and sheer fallibility. If ever there were reason to hold an all species world trial for crimes against all life such a time will one day blatantly exhibit its evidence, though by then it may be too late for us all, especially the
following generations. They may well forever reap the arrogance of today’s arrogant few. Now the unleashed ‘genetically-altered mutant monsters’ (i’m referring to the GE seeds now) are in the initial stages of contaminating everything sacred, besides the seeds—even you and your loved ones— and our seed. We are, along with all life, the biotech’s guinea pigs. They have begun altering and destroying the magic of life itself. Perhaps forever. Perhaps without the ability to return to normalcy, of which only the entirety of the natural world could resolve what is and what isn’t normal, or at least once were able to before G. E. It has reached the point where not only the seeds and their plants are contaminated but even the soil microorganisms are being affected and severely challenged to remain viable. Yes, the contamination is now in the living soil. What to do, what to do? The biotech firms are incorrigible and will never admit error without outside intervention [Interestingly, unlike the nuclear industry that has a 20 million dollar cap on liability, the biotech industry ‘chose’ to not place a cap on their liability. Not because they’re such good, upstanding boys and girls, but because they apparently came to realize that placing a cap on liability would be bad PR, placing into public question the doubts and the safety concerns of GMOs. In essence, a gamble that i surely desire to come back to haunt and bite them really hard.]. However, sadly and most obviously we can no longer depend upon, let alone trust, the majority of the politicians, more often than not controlled and bankrolled by those very mega-biotech companies, to shut them down. These politicians deserve only the most absolute of disrespect and utter contempt for they are accomplices for the murder of the Earth. We cannot depend on the controlled media either. Hardly. They too are controlled and thus beholden to the corporations which own them, thus, money, AKA greed, is calling the shots. The journalists who have attempted to expose the conflicts of interests have more often than not been terminated or forced out through some impromptu legalese. That, or they simply couldn’t continue with the charade and quit. Meanwhile, few real journalists of mettle remain. So it’s up to you and me to do the defending. How? One immediate and absolutely necessary measure is to start saving your own seeds—NOW! First by purchasing non-genetically-altered seeds and buying as many as you can possibly afford from the remaining ethical seed companies. Not the hybrid (F1s) that the seed companies push, mostly for profit (and realize that maybe so-called hybrid F1 seeds may not even be hybrids, just called such so that you don’t save them, thereby having to continue to buy them each growing season). i’ve grown enough hybrids and open-pollinated (OPs) seeds, and have dehybridized true F1s, to realize that there isn’t always that great a difference between the F1s and the old faithful OPs. Most simply aren’t worth the extra cost to justify their use…and addiction (Yeah, OK, F1 diehards, there are some, repeat, some few exceptions, but not many and simply not worth mulling your hybrid minds over.). Saving seeds is absolutely critical and will become ever more so as this discivilization continues its downward spiral while the megacorporations gobble up the remaining seed stock to strangle the independent seed companies and seedsavers thereby giving you no choice but to purchase your seeds from them, the seed pushers alliance, at their monopoly prices of course, and then having to sign contracts stating you will not save, replant or sell said seeds. Welcome to the future of the seed industry. It’s already begun and continues as i compose these thoughts. The new SPAs are shysters, not the ethical seedsmen or women of many seasons past (yes, there still remain a few diehards about, such as J.L. Hudson, Seedsmen, Alan Kapuler’s Peace Seeds, Fedco Seeds and a handful of others). Anyone can save their own seeds—if you want to and NEED TO. And i state emphatically that you do NEED TO. In the not too distant future, seeds will become far, far more valuable, more precious, than gold or oil. They will be all that stands between you and starvation. They ARE that critical. So even if you’re not a gardener, farmer, agrarian, farmer pirate, whatever, i suggest you better become one or get on the best of terms with those who are, and with those who are local. But more than local. Extremely Local. Everything in the not too distant future will become EXTREMELY LOCAL—everything. And
seeds will be your first line of defense. Defend them as you would your family and loved ones, as you should the Earth itself, for they are the indispensible, vital core of life…and you are a crucial aspect of the Earth’s wellbeing. Books and information are everywhere for the ardent seedsavers. The best i’ve used so far, and great for novices, is Suzanne Ashworth’s Seed To Seed, available just about everywhere including your local library though i highly recommend obtaining your own copy because you’ll need it, especially at first, and often. Besides, it only seems the ethical approach to see that those who have written such valuable books and information be paid back through royalties for their important contributions to our planet. A great reference. Also, if you’re not a member, please become a member of Seedsavers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, dedicated, fanatically, to preserving our OP (open pollinated) seed heritage. Also, for the new seedsaver, every packet of Seedsavers own brand seeds comes with a short note on on how to save that particular variety of seed. As the poet author Gary Synder wrote: “Find your place, dig in, and defend it.” i would rephrase that to: “Get your seeds, grow them out, save them and defend them.” Seeds and their offspring plants connect everything essential to life: air, soil, food, lifeforms, natural, unadulterated evolutionary information transfers. Seeds are ground zero for taking the Earth back from the precipice. Seeds are a nearly perfect medium of exchange, yes, far better than gold (delay and find out if you dare). They’re real, they exist, unlike a monetary system created out of thin air with nothing backing it. Seeds have LIFE ITSELF backing them. Seeds are easily harvested, transported and stored. You don’t need to dig thousands of feet into the ground, or to dig out the bowels of Mother Earth, or remove mountaintops and forests to obtain them. But most of all, seeds translate into food. Food for all life. Every OP seed you save and regrow places us all one step closer to self-sufficiency, to closing down the disaster of genetic engineering and the demented dreams of the mega corps to control our lives via their aforementioned takeovers of smaller seed companies, and with their rampant and virtually unrestrained frenzied drive for life patents (an oxymoron if there ever was) and intellectual property rights, all foisted upon us without our consent. Furthermore, think of it this nakedly obvious way: if the biotechnologists were so perfect and god-like as they intone, they could make and create a seed from scratch. But they can’t. Only the Nature they wish to control and overthrow can do that. The Monsantos, Syngentas and Dows are not gods, but very bad actors, quite fallible and very, very dangerous godlike impersonators. Furthermore, and even more horrific if that is at all imaginable, if these mad ones ever ‘accidentally’ begin releasing terminator seeds (seeds that will not reproduce unless the mad ones’ proprietary chemical activates them), it could well mean the end of life’s Earthstory [my term replacing the hubristic history or herstory] once they escape into the environment, which they surely will. Take back your heritage, your natural right to save and barter and grow your own seeds. Don’t ever allow the conflict-of-interests experts, specialists, congresscritters and judges to tell you “You can’t do it” or “You can’t do that” or “The (rigged) laws disallow it.” Just do it! Choose up sides quickly: Allying with the whole Earth, The Most Beautiful Planet In the Universe, or with the conflicts-ofinterests gang(sters). For me, it’s a no brainer. In the words of Thomas Jefferson: “I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Consider this: whose words would you rather trust if your life depended upon it (and it does): Thomas Jefferson or George W. Bush? Fedco Seeds (which refused to carry Seminis Seeds once Monsanto bought them) or Monsanto (forever referred to by me as MonSatan)? The moments are ripe for a seed rebellion (and many others too). Seeds are not the controllers’ future
as much as they think it inevitable. To hold claim over the seed supply is to hold claim over our lives. Start the rebellion now, today. Tomorrow is too late. Take back control of our seeds gifted to us by our ancestors, not to be owned by the devious and dishonest, never ever to be entrusted to the ruling few. Defend and honor our ancestors who kept life alive for millenia through their seeds. Defend our future generations, our children, their children and all children who will desperately require our thoughtful preservation of this most precious asset. Do the honorable thing. It’s way beyond the point of doing the right thing. We have to do many right things quickly while remaining passionate, caring and uncompromising in the face of the formidable odds stacked against us, odds that we all allowed to fester, odds which have now become ominous and dangerous, like a cornered beast. i harbor no illusions that the looming battles will not be difficult indeed but the alternative choices are too ignoble to contemplate if we think us sane and wise human beings. We have no choice then but to free ourselves from the yoke of seed tyranny. To become seed self-sufficient (and as overall self-sufficient as possible). Save your own and help secure a health-giving, not health-taking world. Let resistance, passion and enchantment reign. What better courageous, honorable, and yes, audacious path to venture forth onto to help save The Most Beautiful Planet In the Universe? Source (NaturalNews) The global deep freeze now striking North America, Europe, China and other regions may lead to severe food shortages and price hikes throughout 2010. Right now, rare freezing temperatures are destroying root crops in their ground, wiping out citrus orchards and devastating food producers around the world. The upshot of it all? Expect food shortages and rising food prices throughout 2010. This global deep freeze is all part of the extreme weather now being unleashed on the planet due to human beings polluting the world and altering the atmosphere. Scientists can't agree on whether the trend is global warming or global cooling, but no one can argue that something's wrong with the weather. Rainfall and temperature patterns that used to be reliable are now going haywire. Where there were once reliable seasonal rains, there are alternating periods of drought followed by floods. Where temperatures were once mild and predictable, they're now fluctuating out of control, becoming too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. All this adds up to escalating crop failures that are now poised to have a real, noticeable impact on the global food supply. "Sub-zero temperatures have made it impossible to extract some vegetables from the ground. Producers of brussels sprouts and cabbages are all reporting problems with harvesting. Cauliflowers are said to have turned to mush in the sustained frost," says a story published in The Guardian (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/j">http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/j</a>...) It goes on to report:
"In Ireland, 6,000 acres of potatoes remains unharvested and there are claims that up to three-quarters of the crop may be ruined. Potato growers in Northern Ireland say they are facing some of the biggest losses in recent history because of frost damage." The UK Press Association also reports, "Food shortages are feared as it emerged that farmers are struggling to harvest vegetables in the big freeze, which will lead to higher food prices and damage small businesses." (<a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/uk">http://www.google.com/hostednews/uk</a>...) New is also surfacing that the world's orange juice supply may now be destroyed: "Growers in the sunshine state fear an even worse arctic blast Sunday night will decimate their crop, which accounts for 40-percent of the world's orange juice supply." (<a href="http://www.necn.com/Boston/Nation/2">http://www.necn.com/Boston/Nation/2</a>...) All this destruction of food is already causing prices to rise. "Greengrocers in some of the worst-hit areas are reporting shortages, with the price of carrots and parsnips reportedly rising by 30% in some small shops," reports The Guardian (<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/j">http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/j</a>...) Similar reports are also coming out of China, which has been hit hard by freezing weather. Global food supply is now threatened The global deep freeze now devastating crops around the world leads to one inescapable conclusion: Food prices will rise throughout 2010. They were already on the rise in 2009, but thanks to the big winter freeze, they're headed much, much higher this year. This may be much more than a one-time crisis, too. As reported in The Telegraph: "For years, academics such as Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University, gave warning that we were 'sleepwalking' into a future where our food security was likely to be seriously undermined, whether by natural disasters, rising fuel costs, climate change or the massive pressures placed on the global food system by a rising population." (<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodandd">http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodandd</a>...) The fact is that plentiful food depends on cheap oil, fossil water aquifers and predictable weather. And all three are coming to an end! Unpredictable weather, in particular, is upon us right now.
In the years ahead, radical weather patterns will continue to compromise food production around the world. Floods, freezes, hurricanes and droughts will all take their toll. The result will be increased food prices and decreased food supply. During this crisis, more people will be forced to turn to low-cost processed foods that will further promote diseases like obesity, cancer and heart disease. Fewer and fewer citizens of the world will be able to afford fresh, organic produce because it is precisely the fresh produce that's more easily destroyed by radical weather events. This means, of course, that food-producing land will greatly increase in value, especially if it can produce food year round. And that means people who own such parcels of land in Hawaii, California, Southern France, Mexico or even places like Peru or Ecuador will find their properties steadily increasing in value. Wherever fresh food can be reliably produced in the years ahead, properties will tend to increase in value. Land in areas hit by drought, floods or fossil water shortages, on the other hand, will collapse in value. Some areas that used to be fertile farmland will turn to desert. Others will suffer severe soil erosion from rains and storms. The ability of the world to produce fresh food is going to be compromised by unpredictable weather events. The era of easy food is over Since the 1940's, we've lived in an age of easy food. But that food bubble is now collapsing, and as it does, it's going to catch most people off guard. Some will be able to compensate by simply paying much higher prices for the fresh food they need, but most people will not be able to afford to pay much more for food, so they'll turn to processed, long-shelf-life food instead. And before long, they will join the ranks of the diseased as a result. Remember: Living food keeps you alive. Dead food makes you dead. The more fresh, living food you consume, the healthier you'll be. Sadly, our interference with the global climate is resulting in radical weather patterns that are destroying huge quantities of fresh produce, greatly reducing the supply of "living" food. The alternative for individuals or families is to grow your own food. Grow as much as you can in your own gardens. Food security is the issue of the decade, I believe, and those who don't have the ability to grow at least some portion of their own diet may find themselves in an increasingly difficult position in 2010 and beyond. Source
Monsanto Squeezes Out Seed Business Competition, AP Investigation Finds
ST. LOUIS — Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found. With Monsanto's patented genes being inserted into roughly 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S., the company also is using its wide reach to control the ability of new biotech firms to get wide distribution for their products, according to a review of several Monsanto licensing agreements and dozens of interviews with seed industry participants, agriculture and legal experts. Declining competition in the seed business could lead to price hikes that ripple out to every family's dinner table. That's because the corn flakes you had for breakfast, soda you drank at lunch and beef stew you ate for dinner likely were produced from crops grown with Monsanto's patented genes. Monsanto's methods are spelled out in a series of confidential commercial licensing agreements obtained by the AP. The contracts, as long as 30 pages, include basic terms for the selling of engineered crops resistant to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, along with shorter supplementary agreements that address new Monsanto traits or other contract amendments. The company has used the agreements to spread its technology – giving some 200 smaller companies the right to insert Monsanto's genes in their separate strains of corn and soybean plants. But, the AP found, access to Monsanto's genes comes at a cost, and with plenty of strings attached. For example, one contract provision bans independent companies from breeding plants that contain both Monsanto's genes and the genes of any of its competitors, unless Monsanto gives prior written permission – giving Monsanto the ability to effectively lock out competitors from inserting their patented traits into the vast share of U.S. crops that already contain Monsanto's genes. Monsanto's business strategies and licensing agreements are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice and at least two state attorneys general, who are trying to determine if the practices violate U.S. antitrust laws. The practices also are at the heart of civil antitrust suits filed against Monsanto by its competitors, including a 2004 suit filed by Syngenta AG that was settled with an agreement and ongoing litigation filed this summer by DuPont in response to a Monsanto lawsuit. The suburban St. Louis-based agricultural giant said it's done nothing wrong. Read Rest of the Article Here
Miriam Delicado: A Message
Los Angeles, California, August 21, 2009
[Ed note: Normally the transcripts that had any parts in them that had been difficult for the transcribers to hear were put in “audibles” in square brackets in red for Bill Ryan to attend to, fix, then he’d post the transcript; however, due to unexpected interruptions in the normal working process in Project Camelot, this normal process was not able to proceed forward, so the audibles were left in the square brackets.] KERRY CASSIDY (KC): I’m Kerry Cassidy from Project Camelot. I’m here with Miriam Delicado, and we are absolutely overjoyed to see Miriam alive and looking so well after her auto accident. She is doing this as a follow-up interview because she has some things to say about the times we’re in, and what people need to be mindful of. So, go ahead, Miriam. MIRIAM DELICADO (MD): Thank you, Kerry. I just want to make a little note to say thank you to everyone for all of their support since this car accident. I’m recovering very quickly as a result of all this healing energy that’s being shared. In fact, that sort of leads me in to one of the things that I wanted to talk about today with everyone, and that is how we really need to step things up. We need to step things up as a community. We need to step things up in unity and make our voices a lot stronger than they have been. It’s very clear to me how this network of people that are working in this light in order to educate, in order to inform and in order to bring about change for humanity and the Earth [that] are really connected to one another. I’ve had so many people through this accident communicate with me, and the way that they’re hearing about it and the channels that they’re hearing about it is fantastic. So, it’s a really positive part of this that I have learned very, very clearly. And in saying that, I know that this particular time that we’re in is very delicate, and it is truly the Time of Choice. I’ve been talking about this Time of Choice almost since I became public. But we are fully moving into a time where difficulties are starting to arise for individuals, communities, families, and we need to pay closer attention to what it is that we, as the individuals, are doing. Every day of your life, you have choices, and I’ve talked about this with you in the past. But this choice has to do with how well you are going to form the bonds between the people in your life and people in your community. Community means this community of Lightworkers, people that are working to educate.
What steps are you going to take in order to bring about Disclosure of this very, very important subject matter? And not only in the area of UFOs, and ETs, and aliens, and all of these things, but, really, Disclosure of what is happening in our world right now and what is going to happen. What is it that the scientists actually know? What is it that the philosophers have known for a very long time? And what is it that the indigenous people have known and do know at this very time? This point of Disclosure that I’m talking about is coming. It needs to come from all directions, and that includes the individual. So, if you have a story to tell, it’s time to start sharing it, because, if you continue to remain silent, then we as a people are not going to be able to move forward. We are not going to be able to overcome any great difficulties that may be challenging us in the future. I know -- and have known for 21 years -- that this particular time that we’re in right now... I call it a Time of Insanity, when people are completely losing their rational selves. We need to be very, very careful of whom we align ourselves with, whom we form friendships with, whom we associate with. Even for someone as connected and in sync as I am, I have still had situations in the past year and the last six months where I’ve allowed people to come into my life who were very destructive and harmful. So this is something that was shared with me a very long time ago by the Tall Blondes. They have restated to me numerous times in the past year to be very aware of my surroundings, aware of whom I am associating with, and that I needed to not be distracted. These people are coming into our lives to distract us from speaking, from telling our stories, from being strong in our communities, from being the change – and that means anything from writing your Congressman to say, I want Disclosure, to creating a community garden and collecting heritage seeds – which, by the way, is going to become more and more and more difficult. I have continually talked to people about collecting their heritage and heirloom seeds. I’m telling you that, if you don’t have your seeds today, it is almost too late, because new laws are being formed all over the planet – and that includes all over in North America – where legislation is being brought in for organic farming to be almost, you know, illegal; collecting of seeds, illegal. And maybe the next step is the owning of heritage seeds. So, if we as a community do not take a stand as one voice and one people for one Earth, we may as well just sit back, relax, and wait for the end. No longer can anyone turn around and say that
they can be complacent about anything. And I mean anything that’s going on right now. Different organizations, different groups around the world know what’s coming. They’re making preparations for it. Pay attention. Open your eyes. Look at the news. Is it telling you anything? No. It’s talking about gossip. Dig deeper and look at what it is that’s happening with seed banks around the world, with where the money’s flowing, who’s in control of our finances and how that money is being distributed. And let’s think about this: How much money has gone missing with governments, not only in North America, South America, but around the globe? Where is that money being funneled into? Pay attention. Pay attention to these things, because they’re going to be keys to be able to lead you to some very, very serious answers. Now, I strongly suggest you have your seeds [and] that you have your preparations; that you connect with those that you need to connect with because, if something horrible does happen in your community or in your area, you will be fine. You can have peace in your heart, knowing that you have already made steps to communicate and to open your heart to your neighbor. Really, this isn’t about digging bunkers and, you know, going and hiding from the world. This is really about opening yourself up to the world and to what it is that’s coming. So this is a really strong message, to not be blindsided by all of these distractions that are around us right now. This time of... I call it the Time of Insanity hitting us and what we’re moving through... people, rational people, are becoming irrational. Spiritual people are becoming vicious and confused and vindictive. And on the flip side, people that were vindictive and this type of focus in their lives of just materialism are completely flipping and becoming spiritual. So pay attention to who you’re associating with. If you have an open heart, it’s one of the ways of being able to walk through this very difficult time. If you’re completely confused about the people around you, stop and meditate. It’s going to be able to bring your body, your mind, and your spirit back into alignment of who you are and what your intended purpose is here on Earth at this time. Many of the people that come to Project Camelot in particular are very focused on details, scientific details and this type of thing. It’s great to have that, but at the very, very end of all of this science is something that the indigenous people themselves understand – and that is energy and how it actually works.
So, always remember to remain in your heart through this process; because, if you can’t remain in your heart, then no matter how much knowledge and information you have, it’s not going to do anything for you. By remaining in your heart, you’re going to be connected to the right people, you’re going to make the right decisions and choices, and you’re most importantly going to bring about change quickly and rapidly. If this community made the choice of any one particular matter, and that is, for example, Disclosure, and every single person on Project Camelot that ever entered into any one of those videos – whether it be on the website, on YouTube, on different websites – and said: Okay, I’m going to take 20 minutes of my day and write a very quick letter to my Congressman asking him or her to bring about Disclosure, the power of that one single step would be extraordinary. Now, there’re a lot of issues that have been coming up for a number of people over the course of the last year. One of the big questions that people keep asking me about personally is swine flu, and vaccines, and plagues, and what it is that’s coming. Listen, the bottom line is that it is eventual -- it is not a question of if -- it is a question of when these things will take place. Is it going to take place in the next day? I don’t know. In the next year? I don’t know. But I can tell you this, that no matter what we choose to do, we must remember that one of the greatest powers that we have is to remain in balance with Nature and Mother Earth. It is not going to be through the sciences that we find the cure for an illness that was derived from Nature. It is within ourselves that we are going to be able to do that. If someone walked up to you and they walked out of a factory that’s had poison, and, you know, you saw all the signs, and there’s poison symbols everywhere, and they walk in with their plastic suits and they walk back out, and they give you an apple, and they hold it up to you, and you say: Great! I’m hungry. Can I have that? Are you really going to eat that apple that walked out of a building that is creating poison? It looks good and they’re going to tell you it’s good, but it’s up to you to decide whether or not it’s actually going to be right for you or not. No one’s going to give you the answer. You need to go inside. If you are meant to be here for the entire path of your life, then, you know, until you’re old and you’re fortunate enough to have those gray hairs move in, then that’s great. And if you’re not, you could walk
out of the house and get hit by a car like I did a couple weeks ago. We never know truly what’s going to happen in our lives, no matter how connected you are. So, what you need to do is remain in your heart, and you need to remain clear in that and know that the community that you’re in, this community in particular, is of Lightworkers, of scientists, of philosophers, of seers, all of these different areas... of artists. This community cares. So I’m saying, take some action, because the next year that I’m telling you about is going to get worse. It’s going to get more difficult. There’s going to be more financial problems. There’s going to be more difficulty for you to feed your families, for you to buy new shoes for your children. And it’s okay, because you know what? We’re all going through that. The way that we’re going to be able to get through is to communicate and have community with one another. And to work within those structures that are not working for us – not to tear them down and crush them, throw them away -- but to work with what we currently have and just make our voices heard. All we need to do is make our voices heard. Write a letter, ask for Disclosure, start asking questions, dig deeper, and start making some action. KC: Okay. I want to go to a different area, Miriam, and that was very well said, by the way. I want to find out whether or not you want to make any kind of statement about the need for indigenous people to come forward at this time, because this is a great opportunity and you don’t know who might be watching. MD: Thank you. Kerry, you know, we’ve had numerous conversations since we’ve met and everyone out there knows that I have a very close connection to indigenous people. The connection that I have is from my heart; it’s from my mind; it’s actually from my soul. It is critical, it is critical that the indigenous cultures around the world come together. I have a fear almost, and I don’t say that often, but I do; I have almost a shaking feeling with this that is of great concern, because they’re running around and I see it happening, they’re trying to make those connections, and bridge the gaps and bring the voice, but there are so many people who are white people getting in the way of that voice coming together. Even within indigenous communities and indigenous cultures, there is a lot of ego involved. A lot of these cultures are talking about the feminine being brought forward, and yet this is something that still has not been fully accepted by them, themselves, even though they’re talking about it.
We’re running out of time on this Earth. We’re running out of this Time of Choice. We’re still in it, and there is still hope, but the indigenous cultures need to come together in the public eye, unified. This is not going to happen from white people stepping forward and planning and organizing. This is from the indigenous cultures themselves. We are going to be there to assist them in this change, to work together, to bridge that gap between the balance of nature and what it is that we have here in the structured world, what we’ve built. We need to come together. That means that on both sides we need to set certain things aside and say that we no longer have the need for this, and that these things do not have to completely change and flip. You know, not everyone on Earth needs to go and live in the jungle, and not everyone in the jungle needs to come out here and live in this world. But what is it that both parties could learn from one another? That’s where the open heart needs to come in, even within the indigenous cultures themselves. Every single day of my life in the past year and a half, almost two years, has been focused on trying to bring that energy – these people coming together. But, unfortunately, I’ve experienced some very, very, very dark, and I mean dark, energies that have been coming forward through people to stop this process from happening. And one of the things that I can say about the indigenous world is that I’m not easily fooled. So, when I hear someone say a word that says heart, I expect to feel it in mine; and, if I don’t feel it in mine, then I’m not listening to what they’re saying, because they are speaking with a tongue that is a lie. So, the indigenous cultures need to come together, and they need to do it quickly, because the situation on this Earth with disease, with poverty, with starvation, with natural disasters, with political structures, with economic structures -- all these things are being broken down. They’re crumbling, because they’re not working. So, if we don’t step forward as the one voice, for one people, for one world, we’re not going to have one Earth left – not with human beings on it. This isn’t about saving humanity. It’s not even about saving the Earth. It’s really about saving ourselves and making the choice as far as what path we want to take. So, if anyone wants to begin building that bridge in order to create that with the indigenous world, I’m here, and I have friends. I have contacts in different parts of the world who are also preparing to make that happen.
KC: Yes, and Camelot is also here with our cameras, and with our team that has joined us as of late, and we will go anywhere to film any kinds of messages that those people want to put out there. We’re standing right behind you in thinking that this is the time when we, outside, in the outside world, would love to hear from the indigenous people who have been sort of the guardians of the Earth for all these years, for all the, you know, millions of years that humanity has been occupying this lovely planet. And the time is now, and so I second that. MD: Well, what I would love to see happen, Kerry, is some of these cultures that are trying to get their messages out to the world, to really understand that they need to stop being distracted themselves. Instead of relying on one individual or one group, they really need to open the doorway to any and all of them; instead of having people come and just happen upon them, to just really say: Okay, I’m here now. Come to me. I’m ready to speak. I’m ready to share. The indigenous world has knowledge that the scientific world is just beginning to understand. Great. I’ve had understandings of the universe and how it works and mathematics, and astrophysics, and so forth, for years. It doesn’t do anything, not until we begin to share that. And how do you share it? You can only share it through your heart. You can only share it when you become vocal and you begin to use those two things in sync with one another to be able to bring about that change. We have to start looking at the basics. We have to be able to start looking at our families, our communities, our infrastructure, our food, our environment. Basics. Look at them. What can you do, and take action. There is absolutely no more time to be sitting on the couch. You have to get up. So, I want to just say, let’s move things forward and let’s get to work. And if there’re any of you out there who are able to assist in any way to bring these indigenous cultures together, I’m here. Project Camelot’s here. There’re a lot of other people that are standing with us. Let’s start making this happen, so that we can create what I’ve talked about from the beginning, which is a world gathering of humanity. KC: Thank you, Miriam. That’s a lovely message. Why don’t you give your website, so that people can contact you and an email address? And we’ll also print it on the screen. MD: My website address is <a href="http://www.alienbluestar.com">www.alienbluestar.com</a> and you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.
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