Peasant seeds are making a comeback in Greece especially thanks to a growing movement of young people going back to farming. In the wake of the financial crisis in which young people face unemployment rates as high as 50%, people are going back to the land. Many of them still have family in the rural areas and have found access to land this way. They are interested in local production and many want to farm according to traditional peasant practices and peasant seeds. Reflecting this interest, seed savers’ organisations have been organising seed festivals and exchanges in the past few years, with thousands of people showing up to exchange the varieties still used by their grandparents and to select them to increase the diversity in their fields and gardens. They see this work as rescuing some of the most valuable heritage of Greece, since it is estimated that only 1% of farmland in the country is still cultivated with older varieties of cereals and vegetables. In the national seed bank where many older varieties were still maintained, a shortage of funding due to budget cuts has meant that 5,000 out of the 14,500 varieties that were kept there have been destroyed.