Seed Love – Passing on Seeds to the Next Generation
*Seed exchanges take place every spring in Northern New Mexico
By Cindy Brown
For The Taos News
The human relationship with seeds is one of the most profound connections that people can have, says Miguel Santistevan, farmer and activist.
“Some people approach seeds as a means of production,” he says. “But when instead we see the relationship as seed stewardship that has been honored for generations and can be passed on to our kids, we realize the spiritual, biological and evolutionary dimensions. We see the covenant with plants and animals as a way to create consciousness, dance, art and song.”
Recognizing and honoring that covenant are part of the seed exchanges that take place every spring in Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Seed savers form a vital part of the effort to foster and share heritage seeds from the region.
Santistevan’s love of the land brought him home to Taos. He grew up in Albuquerque but visited his grandparents’ farm in Taos over spring and summer breaks. “I would play in the acequia and get all muddy while my grandfather watered the garden and the alfalfa fields,” he remembers.