Seed drive established to help grow food in Africa
Dec. 22, 2011.
Calgary- Ice-rink builders in the northwest community of St. Andrews Heights, recently completed a seed drive to help compensate for the copious amounts of water used in the development of the local skating rink.
The idea of rink coordinator Nik Rasula, the seed drive was timed to coincide with Halloween and the fall vegetable season. The 11,005 gathered seeds (a mix of pumpkin, squash, dragonfruit, and bell pepper), gathered from family meals prepared in residents’ homes, represented a 67 per cent increase over last year’s pilot project.
The gathered seeds were sent on behalf of the organization Seeds for Foodâ (seedsforfood.org), to Central Africa. There they are to become food-bearing plants in community gardens planted by Children Without Borders www.børnudengrænser.org in the village of Serekunda,
“Getting the rink up-and-running requires a lot of water; by our estimation over 60,000 gallons. We can only imagine how people in drylands areas would love to have this amount at their disposal. Sending seeds to help people-in-need grow food is our way of giving back…it’s easy, convenient, people-friendly, and earth-friendly.” says Rasula.
St. Andrews Heights community association president Dr. Jeff Schaefer adds, “The community association fully supports the annual seed drive. It’s an acknowledgement of our good fortune and our desire to help others. I encourage everyone to contribute to this activity and appreciate the efforts of the ice-crew.”
From his home in Belgium, Seeds for Foodâ founder Willem van Cotthem comments, “Many in drylands areas do not have the money to buy seeds required to grow food for themselves. This is a great community effort. Thanks so much Calgary, and thanks especially St. Andrews Heights.”
St. Andrews Heights is a 400 home community in northwest Calgary. Situated south of 16th Ave. between University Dr. and 29th St., it is one of Calgary’s most desirable residential neighbourhoods. According to many, it boasts Calgary’s finest outdoor skating surface.
For more information:
Nik Rasula, email@example.com
Ice-Rink Coordinator, St. Andrews Heights
Office # 403-282-8098
Cell # 403-880-1517
Seeds for Food was established in 2007 by Belgian Willem van Cotthem. After working on a 2005 UNICEF project in Algeria, van Cotthem recognized that many in drylands regions could help alleviate hunger by growing food themselves in near-by community gardens.
Willem van Cotthem
Seeds for Food
Container Gardening Project in Malawi
Desertification Field Practices
Children Without Borders, see www.børnudengrænser.org