Chennai’s Seed Exchange Festival A feast for the Palate Too
Chennai witnessed what many call the native seed exchange festival at the Thakkar Bapa School in T Nagar. Nandini a terrace gardener drove long distance for this event to exchange seeds she generated from her home terrace garden with fellow gardeners. She brought some rare seeds to give it free so others can use them. “It’s such a joy being part of this network to exchange seeds. This time I gave away Mookuthi Avarai seeds. There is no commercial interest. The idea is to spread native seeds. They will share with others too”.
Organised by the Safe Food Alliance, Sathya Shanmugam who is so passionate about growing vegetable at home that even amid the pandemic she had sent seeds free to interested people across Tamil Nadu.She had started a whatsapp group and sent seeds by courier to others spending money from her pocket. “I want people to understand the benefits of native seeds and their benefits so they can eat healthy and leave a better world for the next generation” she says.
A few hundred people come for this event every time just for exchanging seeds. Ramya Vijayan, a volunteer who facilitated the exchange says “In ten minutes the exchange got over. Such is the enthusiasm. We want this to become a movement”.
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