‘The Seed Ambassadors Project’ – www.seedambassadors.org – have published a wonderful resource freely available on the net called ‘A Guide to Seed Saving, Seed Stewardship & Seed Sovereignty.’ It is packed with information over 40-pages about seed saving & how to do it.
You can download a copy here - http://bit.ly/s5AC84
“According to the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization, crop genetic resources are disappearing at the rate of 1 to 2 percent a year. About 75 percent of agricultural crop diversity is estimated to have been lost since the beginning of the last century.
Saving Seed Is Easy. Whether you are an experienced farmer or a new gardener with a handful of plants, you can save seeds. This ‘zine will show you the basics no mater what your gardening experience.”
The document covers –
- Open Pollinated seeds,
- Heirloom seeds
- Hybrid seeds
- Crossers & Selfers
- Dry and Wet and Fermentation Seed Processing
- Annuals, Biennials & Perennials
- The Pedigree & The Adaptivar
- Tools for seed saving &
- A comprehensive glossary so you can learn the jargon.
Community gardens, verge gardens & vegetable growing are becoming more & more popular, so a resource like this is a very handy thing to have. It also means that you can save the seeds from the best tasting fruit & vegetables that you eat ensuring a repeat next year. Great tasting tomatoes are hard to find these days unless you grow your own & according to this guide, they are easy seeds to save. So is much of what I eat actually, which surprised me.
We are lucky to have a local seed saving group that meets regularly at the Addison Road Centre in Marrickville. For more information contact – email@example.com