Sunflower seed sharing —> Harvest

Sunflower seed project – Harvest time from jason toal on Vimeo.

It’s September! And for may Sunflower growers its time to start preparing to harvest your seeds. For those of you that took part in the seed sharing project this spring, I hope you have been successful growing this year, and will consider harvesting your seeds in a timely fashion, and save them for distribution to YOUR network in what ever manner you see fit.

Recipients from last years batch of seedsI have a list of participants that I will be following up with that shows the progress I have recorded thus far. A couple of mentions. Alan Levine, (the first to respond to my post and also to grow his sunflowers being from sunny and hot Arizona) has documented his progress in amazing detail. Way to go Alan! Looks like you were able to harvest your seeds juuuust prior to this post. As long as you keep them cool and dry over the winter, they should be in fine shape to redistribute next year. Giulia Forsythe whom also was quick to respond has been documenting her progress in a similarly awesome fashion, which if this picture is any indication still need a ways to go before the are ready for harvest.

For anyone else that is going ahead with sharing photos on flickr I have created a sunflower seed sharers group, for you to join and add your images.

As for my own progress, I faced a few garden plot challenges this year, but eventually was able to start a plant from seed outside, and although it was planted very late got some very good results.

One good sunflower

This photo was just taken a few days ago, and is featured in the video above. It’s still going to take a week or two to fully mature, but I will be keeping a close eye on them during this time to save them from potential rain and/or bird disasters.


The economics of sharing

Technology increases the ability of people to share, but will they share more than just technology?

Feb 3rd 2005
The Economist

BY NOW, most people who use computers have heard of the “open source” movement, even if they are not sure what it is. It is a way of making software (and increasingly, other things as well), which relies on the individual contributions of thousands of programmers. The resulting programs are owned by no one and are free for all to use. The software is copyrighted only to ensure it remains free to use and enhance. In essence, therefore, open source involves two things: putting spare capacity (geeks’ surplus time and skill) into economic production; and sharing.
Economists have not always found it easy to explain why self-interested people would freely share scarce, privately owned resources. Their understanding, though, is much clearer than it was 20 or 30 years ago: co-operation, especially when repeated, can breed reciprocity and trust, to the benefit of all. In the context of open source, much has been written about why people would share technical talent, giving away something that they also sell by holding a job in the information-technology industry. The reason often seems to be that writing open-source software increases the authors’ prestige among their peers or gains them experience that might help them in the job market, not to mention that they also find it fun.

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