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May 3, 2014 7:45 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Yesterday I accepted the nomination to run to be on the governing board of the Grassroots Seed Network.

------ The profile I submitted with the acceptance paperwork. ------

Joseph Lofthouse grew up on the farm and in the community that was settled by his ggg-grandmother and her son. He learned traditional agricultural and seed saving techniques from his grandfather and father. Joseph left the farm to spend two decades working as a research chemist and computer programmer. His studies focused on the synthesis and analytical chemistry of -cides and how they interact with and degrade in the environment. Joseph returned home and is now a sustenance market farmer and grows almost all of the seed required to plant a 2 to 4 acre vegetable garden.

Joseph is enamored with landrace growing and is working to convert every species that he grows into locally-adapted
survival-of-the-fittest landraces. He writes the “Landrace Gardening Blog” for Mother Earth News.

------ Press Release by the Steering Committee ------

Our website:

is up and running and I hope you will take a look at it and consider joining. Here's our more formal announcement notice, feel free to get in touch with me personally at [email protected] with any questions

We are very excited to announce the formation of a new seed saving and sharing non-profit organization called the Grassroots Seed Network, and we invite you to join. GSN will provide a network through which those who preserve and maintain our treasured heritage of open-pollinated vegetable seeds can share those seeds with others who are engaged in this work, and also communicate directly with each other to exchange knowledge and information.

We have great visions for how the network could expand in the future to include educational materials, regional groups, and innovative ways of securing the preservation of invaluable seeds, but its success will depend on your active participation. We hope you share this vision and look forward to welcoming you in the Grassroots Seed Network!

For the last year, our Steering Committee of five has been working on the initial, fundamental structure of our new non-profit. The central concept is a democratically governed, participatory organization, with a Board of Directors of nine, elected by the membership for staggered terms of three years. We have drafted preliminary by-laws which will be reviewed by the Board and then submitted to the membership for approval. Many of the provisions described here were put in place after a great deal of thought, but we recognize that they will not fill the needs or meet the expectations of all, so we encourage you to join in, not only with your seed listings, but with your creativity and ideas to make this a vibrant organization shaped by those whom it serves. You can read the draft by-laws on our website.

Our first task is to build a body of members from which we’ll draw a slate of candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Please think about whether you would be interested in running for the Board. Let us know and we will make sure your name is submitted to the Nominating Committee. We intend to hold the Board election as soon as possible. Board candidates will need to offer seed immediately in order to qualify. Other members will need to submit their listings either on the website, by mail, or by email by two weeks before the election in order to vote. We will invite candidates to write a brief profile which will be posted on the website for all voting members to read.

We will initially have two categories of membership. “Listing Members” will offer seed through the online Source List, have voting rights and be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. The annual dues for this level are $15.

“Sustainers” will not offer seed and will not have voting rights, but will have access to the online Source List and be able to request seed. The annual dues for this level are a minimum of $25.

Many seed savers do not have access to the internet, and therefore we will also publish an annual printed edition of the complete seed offerings. Please help by spreading the word about the Grassroots Seed Network to any friends and fellow seed savers who may not have at-home internet.

We’re offering a hardship exemption to those for whom these dues represent a real financial challenge. We will waive dues, but you are free to pay what you can afford in that year. We aim to keep any fees as closely linked to actual operating expenses as possible. Since we cannot predict now what those will be, the elected Board will have the flexibility to make appropriate adjustments to dues levels in future years.

We want seed savers to be able to communicate readily with each other, so our website includes, beyond the list of offered seeds, a Forum for discussion and sharing information. The website itself will be accessible by the general public.

As with any organization we will have start-up expenses—including initiating the website, compiling the database of members and seeds, shepherding the first Board election—and will be very grateful for any donations beyond the basic membership fees.

Please visit our website for more details:

To join, please send a check for your chosen level of membership, made out to “Grassroots Seed Network” to:

Yaicha Cowell-Sarofeen
2470 Industry Road
Starks, ME 04911

Yaicha is our current database manager. She can be reached at 207-491-4259 or through [email protected] if you have questions.

Thank you so much for your interest and your support!

The Steering Committee:

Jim Tjepkema
George Stevens
CR Lawn

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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