How did Bloomsdale spinach, Jonathan apples, or Bloody Butcher corn get their names?
Most likely the names came from someone just like you.
Yeah, when you develop a new variety – you get to name it.
For most of agriculture’s history, developing new varieties of palts was done primarily by home gardeners playing around with varieties in their kitchen gardens.
You certainly don’t have to be a big bio-tech company like Monsanto or Syngenta to develop amazing varieties of fruits and vegetables. In fact you have much greater advantages than those huge organizations. For starters, you don’t have share holders to answer to. And more importantly, you can work directly and intuitively with the awesome forces of nature.
Being able to save seeds is the first step. And a really important part of living sustainably.
Have you done any seed saving, or are you interested in learning?
What do you want to know about saving seeds?
Comprehensive But Understandable
We are working on a 6 part seed saving expedition that will be offered online this fall. It is designed to be a comprehensive but still entry level course to give you a very good overview of the entire process of producing, harvesting and saving seeds.
When you’ve completed the expedition you will be able to plan, plant, and harvest your garden seed with the confidence that you have a solid foundation of seed quality that will grow true next year with excellent vigor, germination and production in your garden.
We need you help
Stephen Scott of Terrior Seeds is designing the online expedition. Stephen is a Master Seedsman. Stephen is one of the good guys dedicated to rebuilding the vast network of seed savers that our heritage is based upon.
Stephen has written an outline for the expedition, but he wants to make sure your questions get answered.
What do you most want to know about saving seeds?
What are you hesitant or intimidated about the process?
Are there certain aspects of seed saving that you don’t understand and would like a better explanation of?
Here’s the chance to give your input in a new seed saving expedition!
Click here to see an overview of the topics Stephen is covering, and please, please comment on anything else that you would like included. Note that Stephen will be online answering the comments and this is a great way to get to him directly.
Topics we will be covering will include – but not limited to – challenges and rewards of seed saving, definitions and botanical terms to get you started, lifespan of common garden seeds and what conditions are best for storage, logistics of planning your garden for the highest seed saving quality, pollination and fertilization techniques to promote better seed, isolation methods for home gardeners, population size requirements and how to overcome a home garden’s limitations, soil cultivation to improve seed quality, harvesting and processing techniques, storage and germination testing and why seed quality is important but too often missed or overlooked today.
The format will be online with a new module released each week and will be presented in a PowerPoint style format with video, slides, photos and articles to show you what you need. Resources will be shared on information, techniques and equipment that will help. Registration will open later this summer.
You Help Make it Great
The question for you is what key components would you need in a course like this? If you’ve got specific challenges, questions or tips we would love to have them so we can incorporate them into the class. We’ve got the outline built, but your input will greatly help make it better – so please give us your thoughts, comments, suggestions. We will fit them into making this the best course on seed saving for a home gardener!
So what varieties will you focus on – and what will you name them?
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.