17 August 2018
Pachamama is where you can breathe and learn. The dome in the ‘permachambao’ and the seed bank are features that make Rototom Sunsplash one of the few, if no the only, festival to offer these kinds of projects.
More than 200 species are displayed on the table at the seed exchange, which was started 4 years ago, in the hope of recovering ancient seeds to avoid their extinction so that they can continue giving life, health and richness to our plates. It wouldn’t be possible without the cooperation of collectives like Llavors d’Ací which which we get to live the festival the whole year. Grated melons and Valencian aubergines, a variety of ‘tomato de l’horta’ that a youn person brought us, whose grandma cultivated for 95 years, Ethiopian chard seeds and Peruvian hot chili seeds were just some of ‘joyas de verde’.
Today, under the dome in Pachamama, we go deeper into the importance of looking after seeds, by way of Héctor Molina, a young cultivator from Vila-real who returns abandoned agricultural land back to life and who as become a benchmark for his commitment to recovering ancient seeds. Joining him is the chef Laura Pérez, from Carxofa-Lab, who will prepare humous and lentils, a melon soup and a pumpkin, soft onion and tomato toast live and direct, to “reinvigorate ancestral authentic flavours” and “give value to the simple”.
In addition to talks like those of this evening, you can enjoy workshops in the permaculture zone the whole week, which will dress the ‘permachambao’ in plants, recycled brick bottles, compost and microorganisms and many more.