Why Open Source tools?
First of all the Open Source license does not prevent us from manufacturing and selling our tools in Quebec and internationally. We want to make our designs accessible to all because we do not do this just for the money, but also because we want to have a positive action on the planet. Tools for making seedballs can help a lot of small farmers living in disadvantaged countries. But for us it would take a big investment to manufacture industrially and export these tools at a price that small farmers can afford. By giving everyone access to the tools designs, people will be able to build them themselves, and at the same time they may even improve our designs, which would be beneficial for everyone. Also making these designs freely available is a very good advertisement for our seed store.
Why Open Source seeds?
Much of the food plants seed varieties that we want to distribute comes from Aboriginal communities. These people have a great respect for all forms of life. Patenting seeds is contrary to their values. In the past, these people have had their natural resources stolen so much that we have to shown them out of all doubts that we operate fairly and honestly. By clearly stating that we only accept seeds that are sold, shared or traded in an Open Source fashion, we offer a guarantee that your seeds will be used for the good of everyone.
Why do we need tools for making seedballs?
In Europe and USA seedballs are a luxury gardening item costing around 50 cents each. Buying enough seedballs to grow the flowers needed to feed a beehive would cost over one thousand dollars. You can make the same bee flowers seedballs for a couple of pennies each using high quality compost. And for nature restoration projects, even small ones may need more than 10,000 seedballs, this cost 3,000$ to buy but 200$ or less if you make them yourself.
Why do small farmers in arid areas need seedballs?
Drylands occupy more than 40% of the world's surface and are home to 2.1 billion people (1/3 of the world's population). If the rate of desertification remains unchecked, 50 million people will be displaced over the next ten years, 135 million by 2045. Currently 1.5 billion people are affected in more than 100 countries. It concerns us all. Seedballs can help tremendously.
What is your business model?
It's still to be implemented but the idea is to be THE information source about seedballs and to sell superfoods seeds and everything you need to make and use seedballs. Are we going to be like a Craigslist or an Amazon is where I need counseling. I already know how to code a search–engine where we can host information about ancient techniques of seed breeding, microbiology, tools, calendars, etc.
Do you franchise?
I am dreaming of plenty of small Seedtheglobe stores all over the world. This is a complex task where I definitively need to partner with people that know how to do that in a fair way.
Are you Organic?
We strive to make all our products and supplies comply to the Organic Standards. I think that in very rare occasion nasty chemicals can be essential, as long as the root causes of the pest or disease problems are found and solved.