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Gardening

Seed Saving Is Crucial

Melanie Wong | Apr 24, 202010:14 AM    

" . . . The hope is that as more seeds go open-source it will help lead to a boom in the biodiversity of seeds again and leave future generations with more varieties of plants and food to enjoy (and seeds to save). Seed Savers Exchange sells some open-source seeds in addition to rare and heirloom varieties, houses the largest nongovernmental seed bank in the U.S., and even hosts an in-person seed exchange where people can swap seeds with strangers from all over. (There’s an online seed saving and seed swapping exchange as well.)

'We want people to save the seeds they get from us,' Kauth says. 'If you buy seeds a couple times in your gardening life from us, that’s perfectly fine. Save those seeds and share them with friends and family next year.' At a time when seeds are hard to come by and communal anything feels more vital than ever, seed saving seems to transcend the many political and practical motivations behind it.

Coronavirus may not impact spring seed orders in 2021, but there are plenty of other potential interruptions to seed supply from a bad harvest to a storm. “Saving seed guarantees you’ve got them and it can be fun to trade them with other people,” says Bradley. . . "

Gardening is Important, But Seed Saving is Crucial Civil Eats

Experts say seed saving is an important piece of the food sovereignty puzzle. Plus: Video seed saving tips to ensure next year’s crop.

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