The Beauty Venture: seeds. Day Three. by Toby Neal.

I love seeds.

Harvested and dried these myself for this year's garden.

Harvested and dried these seeds myself for this year's garden.

I made it a practice this last year to try to have a completely free, sustainable garden by harvesting my own seeds and collecting my chickens' poo. This learning process ended up sparking a chapter in my (as yet unpublished) Young Adult novel, Path of Island Fire.

In the book, two kids living on Lanai are supplementing their food with homegrown produce, and collect seeds from each crop. This turns out to be important, as a natural disaster occurs, wiping out all technology. . . and the kids have seeds.

Precious seeds. Seeds of food, survival, possibility.

I love that all the potential for everything that a mature tree or plant will become is contained in a seed. Gather some. Meditate on this. It's a kind of beauty venture that keeps on giving.

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” Aeschylus

Here's a seed company I like to support–organic, responsible: Seeds of Change. Check 'em out, and consider never buying seed again after that first time. It's a wonderful feeling.

Seeds are beautiful potential.

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