Chard سلق - Palestine Heirloom Seed Library مكتبة البذور البلدية الفلسطينية


Chard سلق - Palestine Heirloom Seed Library مكتبة البذور البلدية الفلسطينية

10 x 15 cm | Seeds
Preserving and passing on Palestinian heritage in little packets, in spite of the ugly reality of occupation.

Like most farmers around the world, Palestinian farmers are facing the dangers of agribusiness, corporate seed, land dominance along with political violence. But many of these farmers are the heroes who have been safeguarding these precious seeds and the knowledge these seeds carry. Palestinian heirloom seed varieties are under threat; many have gone extinct. These seeds that have been passed down to us over the centuries carry in their genes the stories and the spirits of the Palestinian indigenous ancestors. Aside from their cultural significance, these seeds carry options for our future survival as we face climate change and the erosion of agrobiodiversity worldwide. As such, it is urgent that we save and propagate them.

Founded by Vivien Sansour, the PHSL and its Traveling Kitchen project seek to preserve and promote heritage and threatened seed varieties, traditional Palestinian farming practices, and the cultural stories and identities associated with them. Based in the village of Battir, a UNESCO World Heritage site outside Bethlehem, the PHSL also serves as a space for collaborations with artists, poets, writers, journalists, and other members to showcase and promote their talents and work. Working closely with farmers, Sansour has identified key seed varieties and food crops that are threatened with extinction and would provide the best opportunities to inspire local farmers and community members to actively preserve their bioculture and recuperate their local landscape. The PHSL is part of the global conversation about biocultural heritage. Its Traveling Kitchen is a mobile venue for social engagement in different communities, promoting cultural preservation through food choices.
This variety of heirloom chards was carefully selected because of both its nutritional and sentimental value. I was a child when my mother would send me off to search my grandmothers terraces for nice leafy chards to add to her delicious lentil soup. From those days of childhood, which have motivated the quest for these gems, until today the smell of damp soil and freshly cut stalks remain vivid in my memory. I wanted to share this delicious green with the world in an attempt to provide a nutritious and delightful variety of chards filled with folate, and other powerful ingredients for a healthy body and a healthy planet. Unlike other colorful chard varieties this all green one is humble in its beauty but rich in its content and story!

Chard needs water if planted before the rain starts. Once the rainy season begins it can depend on rainwater for irrigation. Keep seeds in dry, cool and shaded area. Do not expose to sun.
Each packet includes an information card along with seeds.
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