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Maxine's ,Susan's and Andrew's remaining seeds distributed.....Village Dhok Malka.

Oct 18, 2010

 **  *On Sunday I went to village Dokh Malka  situated in  Union Council Kipra . ** The village has recently  drawn   attention  as few brave soldiers belonging to this village were killed ( fighting war against terrorist ) and burried with full military honor.**I knew Nasir belonging to that area and he had arranged event in his home The villagers are quite poor since their agriculture land is  mostly Arid   , with huge  boulders of stones  here and there .Only  along Kurrang rivers one can see  few  patches of rich farm land .**The  land  between rocks and boulders is tilted by local farmers and  Main crop grown  on scattered patches  is wheat and maiza. But people  also grow vegetable.** The Margalla Hills lie to the north east. Road leading to village is metelled recently and the whole landscape is full of natural terrace fields and meadows with Kurrang river meandering through. ** The area has hot summers with monsoon rains occurring during July and August. **Nasir families consists of a retired father, mother, five brothers and 2 sisters and two sisters in laws.**They all live in close vicinity of each other, building new houses as needed on 30 acre land of forefather’s. **Nasir is unmarried and live with his parents and 2 unmarried sisters in old house built by grand father .The two   married brother have built their own houses in close vicinity.**In the same neighborhood are residing their uncles, aunts and other relatives.**There   father is retired is a peon.**The eldest son is motor mechanic by profession, the second is also mechanic, the third is tailor, the fourth is also carpenter and the youngest is   most educated and accountant in a company.**Most of the farming is done to fulfill their own domestic needs. The men folk do meager jobs in city and in spare time work in the fields.**It was holiday so when I arrived the new spread that free seeds are to be distributed and all the relatives living nearby  gathered at Nasir houses.**It became quite a festive occasion.** Painted Charpoys were laid out in court yard covered with beautiful hand made crochet bed sheets. **Fresh lemon sherbet  served.**When I distributed seeds t**he womenfolk show great enthusiasm and tried to get extra packets by lining up again.  I had hard time remembering faces.**In the end we all lined up for a group photo.**------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------**Maxine Seeds:**All seeds were from are from Fedco Seeds.**1...Danvers 1.26 Carrots/CML...............Total packets.........16**2...Pingtung Long Eggplant...................Total Packets.........20**3....Golden Acre OP Cabbage................Total packets.........02**4....Tyee Spinach...................................Total Packets.........02**5....Aradia Broccli...................................Totla Packets.........02**6....Jubilee Tomatoes.............................Total Packets.........02**7....Marketmore 76 slicing Cuke OG............Total Packets....02**8....Howden Pumpkin..............................Total Packets........02**9....Red Ace Beat OG .............................Total Packets.........02**10...Green Arrow Shell Peas...................Totla Packets........02**--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------**   TOTAL    52  **Maxine seeds were distributed among 14 farmers (3 packet each)all together including women and girls.**---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------**SUSAN .E. ROTH SEEDS DISTRIBUTION.*****..Susan Roth SEEDS:***1....Hometownseeds.com Survival seeds complete Package comprising off following seeds.**Corns,Peas,Radish,Onion,Beet,Tomatoes,Spinach,Cabbage,**SwissChard,Lettuce,Carrot,Pepper,Wintersquash,Cucumber,**Pole Bean,Zucchini. ** **Susan seeds were distributed among 8 farmer 2 packets each.**--------------------------------------------------------------------------------**ANDREW LAWLERS SEEDS DISTRIBUTION:******ANDREW LAWLWERS SEEDS:**Andrew Lawlers new seed arrivals  by four posts were distributed among 3 farmers. ** Post A  1…Lettuce Romaine one packet**              2.  One packet containing Acorn squash and assorted smaller packets of other seeds**Post B..  1….  Beet Detroit red Medium top. One packet**              2….Acorn Squash   one packet**Post C.  1….Peas little marvel one packet**             2….garden beans contender one packet**             3…Amaranths for growing for poultry feed. One packet**Post D.. 1 Packet of lettuce **              2 Another packet with assorted seeds of okra,tomatoes and two others.* **So far, I have received total of 7 posts from Andrew****All together these were distributed among 7 farmers.** **Thank you all.*** ***

Comments

Thank you so much Salma for all your efforts and posting such delightful pictures and descriptions of the land and the people. It has been a privilege to partake in such a worthy cause. With my work in the Transition movement, establishing community and looking out for one another, I will keep you in mind as an inspiration. Blessings, Maxine
Thanks for appreciating .Your words of encouragement motivated me to keep going.
Salma, despite the extra effort you have taken the extra step of making sure each of us at KGI has seen his/her contribution been received. Thank you! Here at home we need to make an effort to keep collecting seed, whether its store-bought or saved from open-pollinated varieites grown at home or bought at the market.
And I would add - keep informed as to the threats to our seed supply by Monsanto and others who are attempting to control the supply and quality (lack of) our seeds and become an activist against them!

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