Little is said about the origin of the varieties of fruits and vegetables that are offered to us at the grocery store and at the market. Instead, we select our leeks and carrots as if there was a beauty contest in the fridge. Our food, we want it bright, appetizing and, if possible, as perfect as the bright green turf of the flirtatious-home-suburb-that-made-dream. Discreetly, some historian gardeners work to revive the plants that grew in the gardens and vegetable gardens of our grandmothers. Just 100 years ago, the multitude of fruits and vegetables grown in Quebec was incomparable with what we find in contemporary shops. Many ornamental, medicinal and edible plants have been forgotten because they did not meet the criteria of the industrial era. Too fragile during transport, not uniform enough, not beautiful enough … these varieties are not profitable. In the four corners of the beautiful province, some craftsmen of the land are doing everything possible to revive cultivars from endangered species or to save rare plants. The engine of their actions, their fight: Biodiversity. Through the seeds they revive and offer us, they tell a story. Or rather they preserve a story. It’s ours. The seeds of the Quebec terroir are adapted to our climate and are the result of a free pollination spread, which gives you the freedom to spread them yourself afterwards. As a bonus, they love the conditions of our domestic vegetable gardens. They were not designed to be identical and harvested at the same time! Putting such seeds in the ground is to germinate memories. But above all, it is choosing to participate in the protection of what is most precious to our children, our grandchildren, and all those who will follow: diversity and authenticity. We are constantly talking about pesticides, GMOs, plastic packaging, waste, fair trade, environmental costs associated with transportation. What if the solution was just under a shovel of dirt in your backyard? Or in the bin that greens your urban balcony? Because these seed stories straight out of the time of the Daughters of Caleb make me a little philosopher, I will end by saying: Food is at the center of all cultures. It is also at the heart of huge environmental and social issues. Sometimes it only takes one seed to germinate a reflection, a change or even a revolution…