Seed savers rally for Puerto Rico

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Seed savers are encouraged to contribute food crop seeds that grow quickly to farmers in Puerto Rico, where the island’s agriculture was devastated following two high-intensity hurricanes.

Local seed saver Nan Fischer was at least one local who has already answered the call and sent some extra seeds to Puerto Rico.

Tara Rodriguez Besosa, owner of El Departamento de la Comida, a grassroots sustainable farming organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was among those who called out for seeds to jump-start sustainable agriculture.

Farmers need warm-weather, nutritionally dense crops, such as amaranth, Asian greens, beans, cucumbers, squash, radishes, turnips, okra and kale, according to organizers.

According to a call for materials from Acciones Alimentarias Sustentables Puerto Rico, seeds can be sent to “PR Resiliency Fund attn: Tara Rodriguez Besosa” at the following addresses: 961 Bergen St., Apt. 4B, Brooklyn, New York, 11216; 1942 Broadway, Suite 409, Boulder, Colorado, 80302; or 657 Calle Salva, Miramar, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00907.

Furthermore, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, based in Missouri, is donating “home garden restart kits” of seeds to Puerto Rican farmers. The seed company is also coordinating with Rodriguez Besosa to donate profits from seed sales through Friday (Oct. 6) to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

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