Saving Seeds After the Harvest

| 1/2/2015 9:33:00 AM

Tags: seed saving, winter gardening, Toby Grotz, Kansas,

Seed saving is a skill that has kept us alive since the dawn of agriculture as we slowly drifted away from hunting and gathering cultures. In this age of GMO frankencrops, climate change and the inevitable global financial crash that will accompany the failure of Keynesian economics, it is becoming more important.

Where Does Your Seed Come From?

The first seed company in the United States was the Landreth Seed Company, established in 1784. Before seed companies were established, farmers saved their own seed. If you are like most of us, your seed comes from a store or mail order catalog with a web-based business. There is a great list of seed companies from MOTHER EARTH NEWS. But what are you going to do if the worst prepper nightmare arrives one day. I mean, like, if super storms wipe out the port cities on the East and West coasts, or like when the Federal Reserve Bank loses control and the government collapses and the country divides into Jericho like regions plagued by marauding hoards?


There Are Many Reasons to Save Seed

Saving Our Seeds lists the following reasons:

“The genetic reservoir and uniqueness of our vegetable seed heritage resides principally in three places: (1) the USDA seed bank (2) small specialized seed companies, and (3) small family farms, especially those in ethnic communities. Unfortunately, these are all at risk. Federally sponsored government institutions such as the USDA seed bank are subject to periodic funding crises. Small, specialized seed companies (which offer many unique varieties) have low market penetration, are labor intensive, and are subject to market pressures which put them at risk. Small family farms are at risk from urbanization, rural outmigration, and economic change. Multinational corporations are replacing multi-crop fields with monocultures, replacing traditional varieties with hybrids, and polluting open-pollinated varieties with genetically modified crops.

"Gardeners and farmers have assumed that the primary sources of seed will always be available as raw material for the food production system. Yet increasingly this assumption is unsustainable. We need to teach ourselves and our children that stewardship of our seed resources is a community responsibility that begins on the local level."

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