Why Don't More Growers Save Seed?

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Education can help farmers and gardeners get involved in seed saving and local heirloom seed cultures. Learn about growing heirloom seeds and getting into seed saving from an organic farmer in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Daniel Botkin

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So, if these heirloom seeds are so special. And if seed saving is relatively simple as we're claiming why don't more people save seed. They don't know. They don't know. Ignorance is still pretty prevalent in regards to seed saving. What do people think? It comes from the store. Yeah we're accustomed to getting our seeds from the seed store or the garden store or the hardware store. Of course if you get them from the stores you're going to have to settle with the generic varieties. The hybrid, laboratory created varieties that are being sold. You don't have the opportunity say, to grow a pole bean from Butan. Or a heirloom yellow scallopini. Or a pink banana. So why don't people save seed? They think you need a big farm. They might think that you need specialized equipment. And I think a lot of people are intimidated by the knowledge that some of these seeds like the squashes and corn are rampant cross pollinators. And they might think that you shouldn't save seed unless you can do a perfect job. What we found out here in the back yard permaculture garden is that sometimes when seeds cross pollinate, even against what you had in mind, even counter to what you were planning, it could yield an interesting possibly fantastic result. Wink, wink zucchini? Wink, wink zucchini. All kinds of creative crosses. So in conclusion we'd like to encourage everyone to save seed. At least to try. Starting with a few varieties. Maybe a favorite variety that isn't widely available. Something that you can't get in the seed catalogs. Something that you'd love to share and gift as a Christmas present perhaps. Seeds make great gifts and they also make a great curriculum for kids. Working with natural science, genetics, soil, botany, the whole nine yards. As you can tell we're in love with seeds.