International Seed Days in Greece

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International Seed Days in Greece

11, 12 and 13 May 2013

 

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''We are all important and significant,

regardless of our financial and social status.

Every day we vote with our fork,

choosing the kind of agriculture and the world we want to exist in the future.

Let each one of us take our own responsibility''.

Peliti

 program in English

afisa diethnis imeres sporonWe have the great pleasure to invite you to attend the International Seed Days in Greece, that will take place on the land owned by Peliti in Mesochori (Paranesti) from 11 to 13 May, 2013.  The 11th of May will be the only day of free seed exchange.

You are invited to come and share your experiences, as well as the practices that you have developed in your garden, your neighborhood, your city, your country with regard to local varieties and food cultivation. Come and participate in a big seed swap where we can offer each other the seeds of our ancestors. Now that the economic crisis is at our door, now that we are losing basic freedoms that were won through hard battles, it is time to cooperate closely.

During periods of severe economic crises, it is more important than ever to ensure free access to seeds.

 

Organised by Peliti www.peliti.gr

With the support of:

- the Europe-wide Seed Campaign, that organised the International Seed Swap in Brussels in April 2011 www.seed-sovereignty.org

- the Navdanya Movement in India, which will be represented by the international activist Vandana Shiva www.navdanya.org

- the Global Movement Navdanya www.navdanyainternational.it

- the Global Movement for Seed Freedom http://seedfreedom.in

- the Municipality of Paranesti www.paranesti.gr

- the Centre for Environmental Education of Paranesti www.kpeparanestiou.gr

 


Saturday 11 May, first day:

peliti_13_english_2013_s13th Pan-Hellenic Festival for the Exchange of Local Varieties.

 

This is an annual event organised by Peliti every year, since 1999.  Farmers, activists, researchers, students and thousands of visitors from all over the world come to share their experiences on the cultivation of local varieties. The Festival includes speeches, seminars, workshops, distribution of local seeds, eating, dancing, music, money-free barter of goods etc. The activities take place from 11am to 5pm. Entrance to the festival is open to all visitors and it is free.

 

Sunday 12 and Monday 13 May

International meeting for seed activists from all over the world.

 

During these two days we want to exchange experiences and coordinate our struggles for the free access to fertile and diverse (GMO-free) seeds and discuss how to get active together against the new European seed legislation and the monopoly of the seed companies.

During the first session, the participants from the different countries will describe the activities they have been involved in, since the International Seed Days in Greece, in 2012.

It will be particularly interesting to hear about all practical actions you have taken, such as seed swaps, seed production training sessions or manuals, information tours, international contacts...

But it is also important that you report on difficulties you have faced, for example due to restrictive seed laws in your country.

We will also examine the present situation concerning European seed legislation, as well as the different national legal contexts.

In the second part of the discussion, we will look forward to the forthcoming year. Above all, we want to seek ways of strengthening the European opposition against the restrictive seed laws. We also want to develop practical forms of resistance, helping to ensure that seed production and exchange will become an increasingly popular practice, even if it may turn into a form of civil disobedience.

In view of the severe economic crisis that is affecting many European countries, we wish to stress the importance of food autonomy and the central role that seeds have. This is the case both for farmers and for citizens involved in collective urban vegetable gardens.

The meetings will end by establishing an action plan and a coordination group for the coming year.


The International seed activists meeting will start on Sunday 12 May, at 10:00 am, with the planting of a tree to commemorate the meeting and will end at 15.00pm on Monday.

While the seed swap on the first day (Saturday 11 May 2013) is open to everyone and is expected to attract several thousand people (over 7.000 visitors participated in 2012), the meeting of the second and third days will be open to those activists already involved in seed campaigns across Europe who wish to cooperate and promote coordination on an international level. It will be a chance for everyone to meet, to get together and exchange our experiences.

 

Those wishing to participate should inform us by 10 April 2013.

 

APPLICATION FORM FOR PARTICIPATION

International Seed Days in Greece 11, 12 and 13 May 2013

First Name: .....................................................................................
Last Name: .....................................................................................
Date of Birth: ...............................................................................
Sex: Man....Woman....

Telephone: ................................................................................

E-mail address: ..........................................................................

Postal address: ...........................................................................

Country: ....................................................................................

If you represent an organisation, please give its name

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Please write a very brief presentation of your organisation:

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If you wish to run a workshop, please write to us its subject and

what you will need for its presentation........................................

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Phone: (0030) 2524022059, Monday - Friday 09:00 - 13:00

For more information you can visit our page:

www.peliti.gr


mesoxori_2012HOW TO GET TO PELITI

Peliti is located in Mesochori which belongs to the Municipality of Paranesti, in North Greece.
Paranesti is borded by the municipality of Xanthi to the west, while to the east there is the municipality of Drama. Its northern part is bordered by Bulgaria.

Distances from Peliti to:

*  Drama 42 km

*  Xanthi 48 km

*  Kavala 61km

*  Komotini 105 km

*  Alexandroupolis 170 km

*  Thessaloniki 205 km

*  Igoumenitsa 642 km

*  Athens 715 km

 

 

BY AIR

We suggest you arrive by air in Thessaloniki and then take the train from Thessaloniki to Paranesti. From Thessaloniki Airport there is a bus that goes to the train station, as it passes through the centre of town. The trip from the airport to the train station by taxi costs about 50 euros.

There are two trains a day from Thessaloniki to Paranesti. From the train station in Paranesti we will pick you up. The train station is 2 km away from Peliti. The nearest airport to us is in Chrysoupoli of Kavala, but there are no buses to bring you to Mesochori and it is difficult for us to pick you up from the airport of Chrysoupoli. If you use the Chrysoupoli airport, you can get a taxi to Mesochori of Paranesti Municipality, which costs approximately 100 euros.

 

BY TRAIN
Paranesti is located on the railway line Thessaloniki-Alexandroupolis

Daily departures from Thessaloniki to Paranesti:
Departure 07:11, Arrival at Paranesti 10.57. Ordinary Train
Departure 16.10, Arrival at Paranesti 19:25. Intercity train

Daily departures from Paranesti for Thessaloniki:
Departure 9.56, Arrival 13.8, Intercity train

Departure 18.23, arrival 22.09, Ordinary train

Drama train station: (0030) 2521032444
Xanthi train station: (0030) 2541022581
Greek Trains Customer Service tel: 1110 or (0030) 2105297777 or www.ose.gr

http://tickets.trainose.gr/dromologia/


BY CAR
Coming from the west (Thessaloniki), follow the Egnatia E90 towards Kavala and immediately after the river Strymon drive towards  Drama A2.

At the moment, due to roadworks that take place at the bridge of Strymonas, please follow directions for Drama before the river of Strymonas.

From Drama follow directions to Paranesti & Xanthi. The turnoff to Mesochori is 0.5 km before the bridge of Nestos river. Duration of trip, 3 hour

 

Coming from the east (Alexandroupolis), follow the Egnatia E90. From Xanthi drive towards Drama (A2). Paranesti is on the halfway mark along this road. The turnoff to Mesochori is 0.5 km after the bridge of river Nestos. Duration of trip, 2 hour

BY BUS

o    Athens-Drama, Kifissos bus station in Athens, tel. 210 5130220
Daily departures at 09.00 and 21.00. Price 55 € one way and 80 €, return.
Duration of trip is 8 hours.

o    Thessaloniki- Drama, Bus Station "Macedonia" in Thessaloniki, tel. 2310.595420
Daily departures 07:30,09:00,10:00,11:30, and from 13:00 until 18:00 every hour, then 19:30, 21:00. Price 13 € one way and 23 € return. Duration of trip is 2 hours.
o   Kavala-Drama, Kavala Bus Station  tel. 2510.222294. Daily departures every half hour. Price 3,60 €. Duration of trip is 1 hour.

o   Drama-Paranesti, Drama Bus Station tel. 25210.32421. Departures on working days: 08:10, 13:30, 15:30. Saturdays: 8:10, 10:30, Sundays 16:30, 18:45
Price 3,90 €. Duration of trip, 1 hour

Xanthi-Paranesti , Xanthi  Bus Station tel. 2541022684. Daily departures: 08:10, 15:30. Price 4,80 €.  Duration of trip, 1 hour and 10 minutes.

http://ktelxanthis.gr/drama.html


Due to possible changes it is advisable to check information with the relevant companies.


Taxis in  Paranesti:
Vangelis Siomos, (0030)6944.591775
Lazarus Beinoglou, (0030)6974.581067
Kosmas and Panagiotis Kosmidis, (0030)6946.269766

ACCOMODATION

Peliti has the possibility to host only some of the participants.

There are camping facilities provided by Municipality of Paranesti and two hotels at the village of Paranesti:

Hotel Filoxenia, 3km from Peliti (taxi fare is 5 euros)
www.philoxeniadrama.gr/
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Phone: (0030)25240.22001 fax: (0030)25240.22002

Hotel "Nessos", 3,5 km from Peliti (taxi fare is 5 euros)
www.hotelnessos.gr 
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Phone: (0030)25240.21021 fax: (0030)25240.21022

CAMPING AREA (1,5 km from Peliti)

Municipality of Paranesti provides a space in Paranesti for free camping.

There is drinking water and toilet facilities, free for all participants.