Seeds are a powerful metaphor, full of potential and new beginnings, but durable enough to survive immense adversity. They are capable of adapting rapidly to changing conditions, increasing the resilience of their population.
It was through her deepening relationship with tending and saving seeds that Casey came to understand that these metaphorical properties of seeds have literal and tangible benefits as well. They generate great abundance for those around them. Casey began her company, the Snake River Seed Cooperative, as a tiny seed of hope that she could build an alternative to business-as-usual, to increase her bioregion's resilience for the hard times ahead. Now, Snake River Seed Cooperative works with over 60 Intermountain West farmers to grow over 400 varieties of seeds that are--right at this moment as I'm typing this--adapting to the changing environment around us.
And this crucial work is happening not only because of the seeds themselves, but because of the interrelationship between the seeds and their human stewards. We modern humans have mostly forgotten that we are natural beings. Remembering this simple but profound fact has massive implications for our health and well-being, individually and collectively.
Tactile and tangible opportunities to connect with the natural world are scientifically proven to be a powerful tool to help us derease stress and improve health outcomes, and they increase our capacity to think creatively to find innovative solutions to problems.