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Seeds of Life

Seeds of Life

Humans today rely upon just 20 varieties of plants for 90 percent of their food. Experts throughout the world think that this lack of biodiversity could lead to an agricultural calamity. The Irish potato famine, which led to the death or displacement of two and a half million people in the 1840s, is an example of what can happen when farmers rely on only a few plant species as the cornerstone of their crops.

Know your seeds! In just the last 15 years, more than half of the varieties once available have disappeared from seed catalogs. By contrast, Seeds of Change, an alternative seed company, grows over 2,000 kinds of seeds—a hundredfold increase in the number of edible plants available to most people today. The seed-preserving work of backyard gardeners and companies like Seeds of Change, total seed species and their varieties will disappear forever.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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Saving Seeds : The Gardener's Guide to Growing and Storing Vegetable and Flower Seeds by Marc Rogers

Saving seeds is a time-honored tradition. This book tells you all you need to know about how to raise, harvest, and store seeds for the easiest-to-grow and most popular vegetables and ornamental plants. Answers hundreds of frequently asked gardening questions.buy now

Seed Sowing and Saving : Step-By-Step Techniques for Collecting and Growing More Than 100 Vegetables

Here are step-by-step techniques for getting and growing free plants by saving seeds from more than 100 vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The book familiarizes readers with basic seed collecting and storing. Instruction is given on how to save seeds, sowing techniques, and the care and maintenance of seedlings.buy now

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener's Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural Histo

William Woys Weaver has written an important book in Heirloom Vegetable Gardening--important for the kitchen gardener, the cook, the historian, and any American who might wonder what our forebears were up to when they sat down to eat. What was the food on their table? Where did it come from? How did they get it? All these questions are addressed in Weaver's elegant prose.buy now

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6:57AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thanks

12:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thank you for posting!

8:18AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

FYI Save the silica packets from vitamins and new shoes to keep stored seeds safe from humidity. Recycling and nuture Mother Earth allin one !

10:34AM PDT on Aug 12, 2011

thanks

9:10PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

I think veggie seeds could be the new money in the near future.

11:16AM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

helpful

7:06PM PST on Feb 26, 2010

Thanks, Annie. And thank you, Niki S., for the new link.

8:14PM PST on Dec 29, 2009

Seeds of Change website at:
www.seedsofchange.com

3:13AM PST on Jan 18, 2008

the seeds of change link does not work

5:03PM PST on Jan 16, 2008

If you want more information on HOW to save seeds, I highly recommend "Seed to Seed" (by Susan Ashworth. As for the WHY, almost anything by Gary Paul Nabahn. For example, "Enduring Seeds." Both are excellent books.

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